Freda

  • 93'
  • France
  • 2021

To stay, or to go? A question many young Haitians grapple with, as the situation in Haiti deteriorates and the violence gets worse. So does Freda, an anthropology student from a poor neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince. Her boyfriend leaves for Santo Domingo. She is unsure whether she should give up her family and her belief in the future of her country. In the meantime, her sister is trying to move up the social ladder by bleaching her skin, her brother moves to Chile, and her mother tries to keep herself and her shop afloat.

In her fiction debut, documentary filmmaker Gessica Généus shows the Haitian community from the inside, with an emphasis on a female perspective within a patriarchal society. Against a backdrop of religion and colonialism, activist discussions and street protests – featured in documentary footage – it is mainly the actors who set the tone in this stirring sketch of complex situations, intimate personal relationships, and painful moments. Largely Creole-spoken and developed with support from the Hubert Bals Fund.

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Director
Gessica Généus
Country of production
France
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
Language
Creole
Producer
Jean-Marie Gigon
Production Company
SaNoSi Productions
Sales
SaNoSi Productions
Screenplay
Gessica Généus, Morgane Wszelaki
Cinematography
Karine Aulnette
Editor
Rodolphe Molla
Sound Design
Thomas Van Pottelberge, Joël Rangon
Cast
Néhémie Bastien, Djanaïna François, Fabiola Rémy, Gaëlle Bien-Aimé, Cantave Kerven, Juancito Jean, Rolaphton Mercure