Raoul Peck Retrospective
February 22-March 3
FATAL ASSISTANCE [Assistance mortelle]
Q&A with filmmaker Raoul Peck, moderated by Jean Yves Point-du-Jour (aka Yves Dayiti), WPFW radio host
Haitian-born, raised from the age of 8 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, educated in the U.S., France and Germany, later becoming an internationally renowned and award-winning filmmaker, and since 2010, the president of French film school La Fémis, Raoul Peck brings a uniquely global perspective to his socially conscious cinema. The director of both narrative features and documentaries informed by history and engaged with more recent current events—most recently, FATAL ASSISTANCE, a scathing indictment of the ongoing crisis surrounding insufficient, ineffectual humanitarian aid directed to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and on to today, and a rebuke to rosier portrayals of the progress in the media—Peck's unique body of work makes for a stirring, conscience-raising viewing experience.
AFI Member passes accepted at all films in the Raoul Peck series.
In January 2010, an earthquake shook Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands and leaving 1.2 million people homeless. Two years after the world banded together to support the devastated country, filmmaker Raoul Peck set out to discover the true accomplishments of the supposed aid work. This heartbreaking documentary delves deep into the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, co-chaired by Bill Clinton, that promised $11 billion toward reconstruction. But shockingly, a majority of these funds ended up unused or not even distributed. Featuring Hillary Clinton, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and George Clooney, Peck (a former Minister of Culture in Haiti) offers a chilling indictment of the reconstruction efforts and the damning effects of government involvement.
DIR Raoul Peck. France/Haiti/US/Belgium, 2013, color, 99 min, DCP. In English, Creole and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
THE MAN ON THE SHORE [L'homme sur les quais]
Sat, Feb 22, 5:30--note new time!
(Rescheduled due to delayed flight.)
"To throw away is to forget, to pick up is to remember." In the 1960s, 8-year-old Sarah's parents are forced to flee Haiti under the tyrannical regime of Francois Duvalier, but leave behind Sarah and her two sisters. Entrusted to her grandmother, who must risk her life to secure them from the violent and impulsive Janvier, hell-bent on revenge and dedicated to the regime, Sarah retreats into a world of her own. Thirty years later, Sarah is haunted by nightmares of a mysterious man and the devastating end of her childhood. Official Selection, 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Raoul Peck; SCR André Graill; PROD Pascal Verroust. France/Canada/Haiti/Germany, 1993, color, 106 min, Beta. In Haitian Creole with English subtitles. NOT RATED
SOMETIMES IN APRIL
Sat, Feb 22, 3:00--note new time!
April 1994. Rwanda is torn apart when the Hutu nationalists raise arms against their Tutsi countrymen, leaving almost one million dead over the course of 100 days. Ten years later, the country is still pulling itself back together and finally putting those responsible for genocide on trial. Idris Elba (MANDELA: THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM) is Augustin, a Hutu army officer with children and a Tutsi wife. His brother Honoré (Oris Erhuero) is a hate radio host who plays a part in inciting the violence. Shooting the film on location in Rwanda, filmmaker Raoul Peck based his haunting screenplay on actual interviews and testimonies from the trials.
DIR/SCR Raoul Peck; PROD Daniel Delume. France/US, 2005, color, 140 min, HDCam. RATED R
LUMUMBA: LA MORT DU PROPHÈTE
Admission is FREE!
Tickets will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.
Sun, Feb 23, 1:00
This film offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history, Patrice Lumumba. Like Malcolm X, Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. This deeply personal reflection on the events of Lumumba's brief twelve-month rise and fall is a moving memorial to a man described as a giant, a prophet, a devil, "a mystic of freedom" and "the Elvis Presley of African politics."
DIR/SCR/PROD Raoul Peck; PROD Andreas Honegger. France/Switzerland/Germany, 1990, b&w/color, 69 min, Beta. In English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sat, Feb 22, 12:55--just added!; Mon, Feb 24, 7:15
In a fortress perched on the top of a mountain, the democratically elected president of Haiti (a fictional creation based on several failed Haitian leaders) and his closest collaborators are getting ready for a state celebration. Foreign chiefs of state and dignitaries of all sorts are expected. However, on the morning of the event, the president wakes up to find the country in flames and the streets in turmoil. As the day goes on, rebellion worsens. Meanwhile, expected guests are withdrawing from the party one after another. "A gripping feature film, MOLOCH TROPICAL is a satirically edged melodrama."—The New York Times. Official Selection, 2009 Toronto Film Festival; 2010 Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR/PROD Raoul Peck; SCR Jean-René Lemoine. Haiti/France, 2009, color, 107 min, HDCam. In English, French and Creole with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as Spike Lee's MALCOLM X and Oliver Stone's JFK, Raoul Peck's award-winning epic dramatizes the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba (Eriq Ebouaney). When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly independent state, but would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated. "Crackles with danger! Simmers with hope!"—Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune. Official Selection, 2000 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR/PROD Raoul Peck; SCR Pascal Bonitzer; PROD Jacques Bidou. France/Belgium/Germany/Haiti, 2000, color, 115 min, 35mm. In English, French and Lingala with English subtitles. NOT RATED
After spending seven years in jail, Joseph (Patrick Rameau) flees the dictatorial Haitian regime and moves to the Flatbush neighborhood of New York City, surrounded by many other Haitian exiles. One day, while walking the city streets, he sees a man he swears he recognizes...one of his torturers. Plunged back into the world he was trying to forget, Joseph becomes consumed by revenge and pledges to bring his torturer to justice. But his search will have consequences that he could never have imagined.
DIR/SCR/PROD Raoul Peck. West Germany/France/US, 1988, color, 98 min, Blu-ray. In English, French and Haitian Creole with English subtitles. NOT RATED