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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Gessica Généus

Gessica GÉNÉUS (1985, Haiti) is an actor, director and writer. She has collaborated with various Haitian and international film directors, including Raoul Peck, Philippe Niang and Kareem Mortimer. In 2002, Géneus started her acting career with the feature film Barikad, for which she received the Tiket d’Or for Best Actress the following year. In 2006, she won the award for best actress for the film Cousine at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in New York, and in 2007, the Grand Prix of the Diaspora at FESPACO. In 2011, Généus was granted a scholarship from the Acting International de Paris. Généus then founded her own production company, Ayizian Productions, in Haiti. In 2014, she directed Vizaj Nou, a portrait series of contemporary Haitian figures, in partnership with Télévision Caraïbes. She directed and co-produced her first documentary for France Télévisions in 2017, Douvan jou ka leve/The Sun Will Rise, which appeared in over twenty festivals and won six awards. In 2021, Généus’ debut feature film as a director, Freda (2021), was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.


Vizaj Nou (2014, doc series), Douvan jou ka leve/The Sun Will Rise (2017, doc), Freda (2021)

More info: Wikipedia, Gessica Généus

Gessica Généus at IFFR

  • Freda

    To run or to stay? In student Freda’s Port-au-Prince, protests and violence escalate. A female perspective on Haitian society.

    • Bright Future
  • Freda

    Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET

    • Bright Future