Omaj pou Ayiti

Haitian Filmmaker Raoul Peck at the Cannes Film Festival

“We have no right to speak in the name of others without legitimacy. Africa, for example, often serves as a backdrop in movies. Yet we see nothing of Africa, we don’t understand its problems. I think that we must get accustomed, and accustom our audiences, to other viewpoints. To adopt this stance, we must understand their problems, put ourselves in their shoes and, with certain humility, give them a voice. The cinema should be conceived in that way. Otherwise it remains a power trip. It is just a question of being ethically and politically sound.”

Words from Raoul Peck, the Haitian filmmaker (“Lumumba,” “Moloch Tropical,” “Sometimes In April”) in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival this week, where he is a member of the Jury, which I don’t think has been mentioned on S&A.

He’s the only jury member of African descent this year, which I think is noteworthy.

I especially love the above quote because it sums up nicely what S&A has been calling out against for as long as I can remember, and will continue to do.

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