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Papa Machete

From  Looking Glass Created On 16 September 2016


Papa Machete from Third Horizon

"Papa Machete" is a glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. He also happens to be a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, also known as Tire Machèt. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage and his struggle to keep it alive in the face of contemporary globalization.

A Third Horizon Film  in Association with Borscht Corp

Co-Produced by Coffee and Celluloid and Four Bent Corners

Directed by Jonathan David Kane

Executive Producers / Writers: Jason Fitzroy Jeffers & Keisha Rae Witherspoon

Director of Photography: Richard Patterson

Co-Producer: Joey Daoud

Sound Design: Joel C. Hernandez | |

Toronto International Film Festival '14 (Toronto, Canada)

Borscht Film Festival '14 (Miami, FL, USA)

Sundance Film Festival '15 (Park City, UT, USA)

Sheffield Documentary Festival '15 (Sheffield, UK)

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival '16 (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

Miami International Film Festival '15 (Miami, FL, USA)

Blackstar Film Festival '15 (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Traverse City Film Festival '15 (Traverse City, MI)

Maryland Film Festival '15 (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Zanzibar International Film Festival '15 (Awarded "Best Documentary") (Zanzibar, Tanzania)

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival '15 (Awarded "Best Documentary Short") (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)

New Voices in Black Cinema '15 (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Nashville Film Festival '15 (Nashville, TN, USA)



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