May 12th 2022

(Miryam Charles, 2022, 75 min, 16mm-to-digital, in French and Haitian Creole with English Subtitles)


Following a string of celebrated short films, Montréal-based filmmaker Miryam Charles makes her feature debut with this haunting and tender meditation on displacement, grief, and memory. The film takes the 2008 death of the director’s 14-year-old cousin Tessa as a starting point, but moves freely in time to contemplate their family’s migration from Haiti and speculates on futures that tragically never came to pass. Shooting in lustrous 16mm, Charles renders traumatic histories with exquisite artifice, recalling classics of diasporic cinema like Martina Attile’s DREAMING RIVERS and Julie Dash’s DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST.

Following the screening, Charles will appear for a discussion with Lakshmi Padmanabhan, assistant professor in Screen Cultures at Northwestern.

This screening is supported by the Screen Cultures program, the Hoffman Visiting Artist Series, and the MFA in Documentary Media at Northwestern.


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