Open City Documentary Festival

A Radical Empathy: Esery Mondesir’s Haitian Trilogy + Q&A

Director
Esery Mondesir, Various, 2018, 2019
 
Country
Canada
 
Duration
85min
 
Date
Event has passed
 

In this moving triptych Esery Mondesir collaborates with fellow members of the Haitian diaspora to bear intimate witness to their lives. Shot digitally, Una Sola Sangre (2018) interweaves observation with testimony to create a rich portrait of the Galde family in Cuba, who negotiate their Haitian identity in various ways. Pariah, My Brother, I Follow You, Show Me the Route to the Springs (2020) and What Happens to a Dream Deferred? (2020), captured digitally then transferred to granular 35mm, present an immersive experience of Haitians in Tijuana, Mexico. Having arduously followed “The Route” through South and Central America they build community while hoping to enter the USA, whose president thinks Haiti is a “shithole” country and that all Haitians have AIDS. 

Una Sola Sangre | 2018 | 40’

Pariah, My Brother, I Follow You, Show Me the Route to the Springs | 2020 | 20’

What Happens to a Dream Deferred? | 2020 | 25’

All three films screen as European Premieres.

Screening includes a Q&A with director Esery Mondesir, hosted by Jonathan Ali.

Read an Essay on A Radical Empathy by Jonathan Ali.

In partnership with Third Horizon Film Festival.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: unlike all other films in the film programme which are only available to the public in the UK, this event is available to rent worldwide.

Esery Mondesir is a Toronto-based filmmaker who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti. He worked as a high school teacher, a book designer, and a labour organiser prior to receiving an MFA in cinema production from York University (Toronto) in 2017.