Every Thursday in July, At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean will present a selection of videos and films that challenge conventional notions of the region through images and stories inspired by the cultural, social, and political complexities of the Caribbean. This evening, the program will be introduced by director Karen D. McKinnon, and PAMM will screen Making History (2012), co-directed by Karen D. McKinnon and Caecilia Tripp, and Haitian Corner (1978), directed by Raoul Peck.
Making History (2008)
Co-directors Karen D. McKinnon and Caecilia Tripp. Digital color video, with sound. 10 min.
This video focuses on a conversation between cultural critic Edouard Glissant and Linton Kwesi Johnson, the first black poet to have his work published in Penguin’s Modern Classic Series. The exchange takes place in New York during the summer of 2008. Making History shows a conversation between two Caribbean intellectuals that reflect upon the struggles and successes of a constructed Caribbean identity.
Haitian Corner (1988) (Haiti)
Directed by Raoul Peck. 98 min. Creole and French with English subtitles.
This early film, by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, tells the story of a Haitian immigrant and poet in New York who becomes obsessed with finding the man who tortured him during the Duvalier Regime. Convinced that his torturer is also living in New York, this tormented individual delves into situations that complicate his personal and professional life.