Broken Stones

Director: Guetty Felin
Country: Haiti, France, and USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 61 min.
Language: English and French

Broken Stones, Guetty Felin, Haiti/France/US, 2012, 61 min.

The oldest neighborhood of the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Quartier Cathédrale (Cathedral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city, it is also where the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. With its erected columns and open air, the ruins of the cathedral resembles an amphitheater where the daily realities of Haitian life unfolds. Midst the vestige of what was once the most beautiful cathedrals in the entire Caribbean, children play, women pray, some carry pails and jugs of water from the nearby tap, a white man dressed in black hooded priest garb appears out of nowhere, followed by a cameraman, foreign missionaries snap pictures as they pray for lost souls in a house of worship that does not belong to them, men and women roam almost aimlessly in this post-apocalyptic decor. These images are among the impressionist moments interwoven into the narrative fabric of this captivating documentary.

About the Director

Guetty Felin

Biography: Guetty Felin is an award-winning independent filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in New York, she holds an MFA from the university of Paris School of Cinema. Throughout her career, Felin has worked on factual and narrative films for European and American television. She produced and co-curated the critically-acclaimed Haiti on Screen in 2004 to celebrate Haiti’s bicentennial. She also helped to launch Haiti’s Film Festival Jakmèl in 2004.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.40.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Broken Stones (2013).

Filmography:
Thérèse (Date unknown);
Biographies in Black (Date unknown);
Telling Our Stories (Date unknown);
Uptown (Date unknown);
Rap to Rock (Date unknown);
Hal Singer, Keep the Music Going (1999);
Closer to the Dream (2010 – Hervé Cohen, Guetty Felin);
Broken Stones (2012).