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Miami Film Festival Sspotlights Haiti

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Jacqueline Charles (Miami Herald) about a few of the seven Haiti-themed films due to screen at the 34th edition of Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, which began today and runs through March 12: Serenade for Haiti, directed by Owsley Brown; Liberty in a Soup, directed by Dudley Alexis; Empty Box, by Mexican-Haitian filmmaker Claudia Sainte-Luce; and Cargo, by Kareem J. Mortimer. Here are excerpts:

When filmmaker Owsley Brown set out to explore Haitian identity through music, he assumed it would take a couple of years. Never, however, did he imagined it would be 10. But Brown’s 70-minute documentary, “Serenade for Haiti,” which opens three years before the country’s catastrophic Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that left more than 300,000 dead, an equal number injured and 1.5 million homeless, took a decade to complete.

The documentary follows teachers and students from Sainte Trinité Music School…

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