Easmanie Michel, NYWIFT Member and former employee is raising funds for a feature film adaptation of critically acclaimed author Edwidge Danticat. Caroline's Wedding is a film about the Haitian-American experience told through one family's struggle to adjust to life in Brooklyn.
The writers and creative team behind Caroline's Wedding created a screenplay that was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Now that the team has assembled a creative and experienced crew, they are eager and ready to go into production. Take a look at their Kickstarter page to learn more about the project.
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!”The film delves into the immigrant experience and the struggles of adjusting to a new culture by following a young Haitian woman, Grace, and her family. Grace receives her American Citizenship and is haunted by the memories 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, during the fall, 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., you can hear Haitian Creole spoken, smell fried plantains and pass shops whose radios play popular Haitian bands such as T-Vice and Sweet Mickey.
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. Through Dandicat's tale, I will also relive my own experience as a Haitian-American immigrant.
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Last updated: Aug. 5, 2014