“Caroline’s Wedding” will be a film adaptation of a story by the acclaimed Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, found in her collection of stories “Krik? Krak!” Vicky Jeudy who is currently starring in the Netflix show "Orange is the New Black" will play the leading part of Grace in the film. The film will be directed by, Haitian-American writer/director Easmanie Michel.
The film will delve into the immigrant experience and the struggles of adjusting to a new culture by following a young Haitian woman, Grace, and her family, during the early 1990s.
In the film, Grace receives her American Citizenship and she is haunted by the spirit of her dead father. Her sister, the headstrong American, Caroline, was born without her right forearm, and experiences phantom limb pain. She consistently rejects her mother, Mrs. Azile’s, traditional Haitian ways, as she prepares for her wedding.
Shot on location in Brooklyn, the fabric of Haitian culture will be woven throughout the film, specifically through the repeated use of characters playing the call and response question game “Krik? Krak!”, and through the mother's use of food and traditional phrases. Approximately one million Haitians live abroad and ninety thousand reside in Brooklyn. On a walk down Flatbush Ave. in the early 1990s, you could hear Haitian Creole spoken, smell fried plantains and pass shops whose radios play popular Haitian bands such as T-Vice and Sweet Mickey(who is currently Haiti's president elect).
Through the dramatic portrayal of the family, the film “Caroline’s Wedding” will capture both the beauty and the dysphoria of a culture transplanted, exploring many of the cultural norms and conflicts that occur during American assimilation. Please check out our FACEBOOK page.
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Last updated: Jan. 11, 2016