The Center for Communication, Culture, and Change at the School of Communication in association with Cosford Cinema and Black Lounge Film Series Miami present three films that celebrate Haitian history, culture and identity in support of the One Book One U initiative at the University of Miami. All screenings will be held at the Cosford Cinema and will be followed by Q+A with the filmmakers. The screenings are open and free to the public.

Thursday | February 6 | 6:30PM

Directed by Dudley Alexis
Haiti/USA | 68minutes | 2015

Every New Year, and in celebration of their Independence, Haitian families gather together to feast in honor of a line of ancestors that fought for their freedom. The centerpiece of the festivity is the joumou soup—a traditional soup dating back centuries ago. The joumou soup is a concretization of war and victory, oppression and emancipation, and the deeply rooted celebratory traditions of the Haitian culture.

Thursday | February 13 | 6:30PM

Directed by Rachelle Salnave
Haiti/USA | 62minutes | 2014 | With subtitles

In this story of self-discovery and the fluidity of identity, Haitian-American filmmaker Rachelle Salnave documents her desire to find people who share similar concerns and values and finds comradery and unity in the company of others who are also turning their love for their country into positive action and progressive change.

Thursday | February 20 | 6:30PM

Directed by K. Tyler Johnston and Miquel Galofre
Bahamas/Haiti | 62minutes | 2016 | With subtitles

My Father’s Land is a feature documentary, which explores the life of Papa Jah, a humble Haitian Bushman. Papa Jah has lived in the Bahamas for 40 years, in a marginalized community called the Mud. As a strict deportation policy and growing xenophobia sweeps the country, news from Haiti arrives that his 103 three year old father has taken ill. Papa Jah risks his tentative legal immigration status, and returns to Haiti, the land he left behind, in hopes to reunite with his father; before its too late. Juxtaposed against the strikingly rich visual texture of the Caribbean, this travel adventure story entertains through humor, intimate cultural spaces and vivid landscapes, while touching on socio-economic complexities of immigration, culture and identity.

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