New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is proud to present the final installment of the five-part screening series, Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film. Through this initiative, NYWIFT has had the opportunity to highlight the work of various immigrant and first-generation women filmmakers.
The final screening will take place at The Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens on Friday, June 5th and feature the film, Stones in the Sun.
Stones in the Sun Patricia Benoit was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and grew up in Queens, New York. Her family was forced into exile under the Duvalier dictatorship and moved to France before moving to the United States. Benoit’s documentary Courage and Pain (produced by Jonathan Demme), about victims of political torture in Haiti, was shown at the Walter Reade Theater in New York and the London Film Festival. Tonbe/Leve, her award-winning documentary about the struggle for democracy in Haiti after the end of the Duvaliers’ 30-year rule, was an official selection of the New York Film Festival, The Havana Film Festival, The New York Human Rights Film Festival, and the San Juan Film Festival. Benoit’s short story, “The Red Dress” was included in the anthology, The Butterfly’s Way, edited by Edwidge Danticat. With Stones in the Sun, Benoit was a fellow at the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and winner of the first Time Warner Storytelling award in 2007.
2012, 95 min
Patricia Benoit (Writer/Director) A woman struggling to forget the atrocities she has suffered reunites with her husband. A single mother striving for assimilation in the suburbs takes in her activist sister. And the host of a popular anti-government radio show finds his estranged father on his doorstep. In the midst of increasing political violence in their homeland, the lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees intersect in 1980s New York City. They must confront the disturbing truth of their pasts, as the history of their interlocked lives is slowly revealed.
There will be a Q&A following the screening.
Please refer to HopStop for the best route to The Onderdonk House (18-20 Flushing Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385).
Produced by Elizabeth Estrada
A Special Thanks to City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley who selected New York Women in Film & Television to receive funding for the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Jun. 2, 2015