An award winning documentary film about the absorbing art movement that has emerged from the rage, poverty and passion of Haiti.The film juxtaposes images from everyday life with the radiant works of twelve painters and includes interviews with renowned artists Philome Obin and Rigaud Benoit. The Art of Haiti delves into the roots of Haitian art in the everyday life, history and culture. The uneasy co-existence of Christian and Vodoun beliefs are explored through detailed retrospectives of artists influenced by the Vodoun religion such as Hector Hyppolite and Andre Pierre. The documentary also serves as a permanent record of the beautiful murals of the Catherale Sainte Trinite in Port-auPrince, filmed years before the church was destroyed during the earthquake of 2010.
“The film would be excellent for classes in Black History and Culture, Latin American studies, Art and Art History and Social Studies. A wonderful way to present the history and daily culture of Haiti to your students.” - Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Languages
“A skillfully edited work which makes effective use of color and music. The Art of Haiti can be highly recommended to those interested in art and in Black and Caribbean culture.” - Library Journal