Guetty Felin-Cohen (Haiti/US) is a Haitian-American filmmaker who splits her time between the US, Haiti and France. She fell in love with cinema at an early age at the drive-ins of Port-au-Prince, and now uses the medium for denouncing social and political injustice. Her film Broken Stones, shot in the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, won Best Documentary at the Belize International Film Festival and will be screened on September 12 at CaribbeanTales. “Her new film, “Ayiti Mon Amour,” wherein the writer-director invokes Haiti’s past and present with stories that intertwine and collide. Felin is telling the stories of poignant characters in a poetic and visually stunning array, minus a narrative of sorrow and pity that permeates similar dramas”
Guetty Felin’s Ayiti Mon Amour is a magical-realist film that centres on a young man, Orphée, who mourns his father’s death in the 7.0 earthquake of 2010. It is Haiti’s very first submission for the Foreign Language Oscar and Guetty is the first Haitian-born female director ever to have shot a narrative feature entirely in Haiti. She’d earlier made a post-earthquake feature documentary called Broken Stones.