Hop Film Event


with director Gessica Généus
February 24

The story of a young woman's uncertain future builds into a subtle celebration of resilience underpinned by a vivid evocation of life in Haiti.

21/22 Hop Film Event

FREDA Bande Annonce (2021) Drame

When your homeland slides into chaos do you stay or do you flee? That is the dilemma facing the title character in Gessica Généus' Creole-language debut. Freda (Nehemie Bastien) lives with her family in a popular neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. Individually and collectively, they reflect the challenges of modern Haiti: her brother is a deadbeat, her sister hunts for a sugar daddy and their pragmatic mother dispenses support and tough love. In the face of escalating violence, Freda's boyfriend wants to emigrate to a safer place.

Bastien's spirited performance makes Freda shine with her determination to challenge the daily realities of a country at the mercy of corrupt politicians, patriarchal oppression, gangs and a colonialist legacy that seeks to erase language, culture and identity. D: Gessica Généus, Haiti, subtitled, 2021

Discussion with director Gessica Généus follows the film.

Presented in conjunction with the African and African American Studies Program and with Dartmouth's MLK Celebration

Gessica Généus started her acting career at 17 in Barikad, a feature by Richard Sénécal. In 2011, Gessica was granted a scholarship from the Acting International de Paris. Back in Haiti, she founded her own production company, Ayizian Productions. In 2014, in partnership with Télévision Caraïbes, she directed Vizaj Nou, a portrait series of contemporary Haitian figures (Anthony Pascal dit Konpè Filo, Viviane Gauthier, Odette Roy Fombrun, Frankétienne). She directed her first documentary for France Televisions Douvan jou ka leve (The Sun Will Rise) in 2017 winning several awards. Freda is her first narrative film.

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