Film Screening: The Sun Will Rise
In this textured and surprising personal documentary, Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus undertakes a journey to understand what she calls Haiti’s “illness of the soul”—the country’s fraught religious divide between Vodou and Christianity. With her mother’s bipolarity as her poignant point of departure, Généus skillfully interweaves traditional interviews and ethnographic-style observation with poetic narration as she seeks to connect the dots of her family’s, and her island’s, fractured history. The result is moving meditation on both mental illness and a nation’s as-yet unassuaged inner turmoil.
Q&A with the director to follow, moderated by Guetty Felin, co-curator of (T)HERE’s 2019 film program.