Ctff2016 #BlackLoveMatters feat. God Willing, Yuli (Si Bondye vle, Yuli)

Friday  16 September  2016  8:30 PM    Friday  16 September  2016 10:30 PM
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CTFF2016 night celebrating #BlackLoveMatters

The winning films from the #BlackLoveMatters Short Film Challenge will be screned this night.

Co-presentors: The Black Daddies Club, Black In Canada, The Africa Channel, Toronto Black Film Festival - TBFF

SHORTS:
His Father's Son
(Adjani Salmon, 2015, UK/Jamaica; 11)
SUMMARY: His Father's Son is a short film about Jimmy, a teenager struggling to be seen as a man in his Caribbean father's eyes

This Connect
(Red Frederick, 2015, Trinidad & Tobago; 5)
SUMMARY: In the aftermath of a painful relationship an estranged daughter goes on a journey to detox herself from years of miscommunication and broken promises

FEATURE:
God Willing, Yuli (Si Bondye vle, Yuli)
(Jean Jean, 2015, Dominican Republic; 70)
SUMMARY: Yuli, a Haitian woman has lived in the Dominican Republic for more than 35 years. The child, who made Yuli cross the border in the beginning of the 80’s, is back and finds out that his mother after all this time is still trying to fix her situation because of the Regularization Plan the Dominican government has launched and he reveals the daily struggles of many through her story.

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Frances-anne Solomon Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/09/2016 20:37

Coco Guzman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/09/2016 02:40
Amazing film! Jean Jean taking the mike right now :)

Jean Jean Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 06/09/2016 17:31
Ctff2016 #BlackLoveMatters feat. God Willing, Yuli (Si Bondye vle, Yuli) #CTFF2016 #MCM featuring Jean Jean, director of Si Bondye vle, Yuli Screening partners: Black In Canada, The Black Daddies Club, CHOQ-FM 105,1 Toronto Q&A Q: Let's start by talking about you. Tell us a bit about yourself: where did you grow up, when did you get into film, how do you self-define your identity? A: I was born in Thomassique, a little town in the heart of Haiti in 1980. When I was 3 years, my mother took me with her to Dominican Republic, the neighboring country. I have grown up between the colonial quarter of Santo Domingo and a town called Las Matas de Farfán, close to the border. How we arrived to Dominican Republic and how we become part of the new community is included in the documentary because it throws light on my true identity. I define myself as Dominico Haitian, because I feel that I share the culture from both side of the island and I love them both equally. I always say that I’m from the island. In 2008, I went to Cuba to study at the International Film and Television School (which by the way is celebrating its 30th anniversary) with the objective to come back to the island to tell stories of people like me. Q: The film is a very intimate portrait of you and your mother, what inspired you to tell this psersonal story? A: Honesty is the most powerful tool for a documentary filmmaker. He must be honest not just with others but with himself. I learned many things about myself during filming, for example where I was born or how I grew up. In the film, my mother is slowly revealing these informations through the intimate conversation that we have in bed. That intimacy seems to me like the perfect way to represent the construction of the identity of the Haitian diaspora in the Dominican Republic. Q: Where you close with your mother growing up? (Sorry...I don't understand this question...maybe the answer is in the first question) Q: What was the experience of making this film like for you? A: Making this film I discovered that there is a real solidarity between Dominicans and Haitians. Although people are always talking about the troubled relationship between these countries and there is an ultraconservative sector in Dominican Republic that bases its speech on hate, the two people live in harmony. This is beyond the demagogy and hypocrisy of the authorities of both countries. It was very gratifying to work with a small crew (almost all Dominicans) that engaged in making this film with passion and commitment, without whom this work would not have been possible. Q: What do you hope the impact of this film will be? A: By showing the film in the Dominican Republic, we noticed that people believe that the Naturalization and Regularization National Plan were a real success, but the figures are far from positive. To give an example, of the 53,000 Dominicans of Haitian origin who had no civil registration, only 8,755 could enroll in the naturalization plan. Of these, less than 3,000 have received an answer today. This means that everyone else remains stateless. There are about 280000 other people who tried follow the regularization plan, like my mother and I. We are undocumented immigrants who have spent years living in Dominican Republic, but most of us have received a status that declares us non residents. This means that in terms of rights we remain just as before. With these results the Dominican government is far from completing the process successfully as reported in the media. With my documentary, I want to contribute to spreading the truth about the results of the process. But above all, I want the citizens of both countries to know each other. I want to add real faces to Haitian immigration in the Dominican Republic. And of course, I also want the realities of this island to be known internationally, because ultimately, these migration conflicts are repeated in many parts of the world. Many migrants may feel themselves reflected in the story of my mother and my family. Q: You are an actor before a director, I believe, can you tell us a bit more about that transition, and if you still act? A: That’s right, I studied Dramatic Art and I have worked in both theater and film, but at one point I felt typecast in roles that did not represent me deeply. That’s the main raison why I decided to get behind camera and make movies, so that our particular stories would be told with greater dignity. But I am still active as an actor. Both sides of my career are complementary, reinforcing my view of the world as well as the vision that the other have about me or about people like me. Q: What do you see your career going from here? A: My career intends to get to the heart of the truth that prevents our people from knowing each other and discovering how immense are our similarities and how infinitely important are our differences. I'm working on a trilogy based on the story of my life that begins with “God willing, Yuli”. I would like to build a kind of return to homeland notebook, through both documentary film and fiction. I am seeking to explore what it means to grow up as a migrant, how it influences the construction of identity and how the adaptation process is transformative and, in my case, enriching. Q: You just got PR here in Canada, do you intent to live here full time now? My desire is to live between Canada and the island. I still have many stories to tell there but I like living here because it allows me to learn much professionally and personally. Q: Tell us just a bit more about your hopes for the plight of Haitians living in the DR, and dark-skinned Dominican citizens. Luis “Luisito” Pie's recent Olympic Medal highlighted ongoing racial tension, we would be interested in hearing more about your opinions on the topic. A: When I reflect on the story of Luisito Pie, I remember Jose Francisco Peña Gomez, leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, black and Haitian origin. He became vice president of the Socialist International and president of the Latin American wing. He was prevented from governing the Dominican Republic through several electoral fraud, despite enjoying the support of the majority of Dominicans voters no matter their origin or skin color. Now, the same people who prevented the popular vote to be heard in the 90s fly the flags of hate and xenophobia again. I think Luisito Pie enjoys the sympathy and respect of the majority of Dominicans who, like him, want to see their country well represented outside. But it is true that there is still much to do in Dominican Republic against racism and in the construction of the Dominican identity as African descendant. Q: The theme of our screening is #BlackLoveMatters, and we are focusing on familial love and relationships, do you think this is an appropriate theme for your documentary? A: I definitely agree. In love resides my main strength. I think any hate speech can against the true love, the search for a culture of peace based on social justice and hope. Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say? A: I would invite people to go see the movie on September 16 and join us in the forum later. I really want to know the opinion of the people of Canada about the film and about our issues. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE>>>
https://goo.gl/zKEcyO

Timm Hearn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/09/2016 15:04
Check out one of our amazing hosts for the night! Ricardo McRae of Black In Canada. Ricardo hosted the talkback on our Media Launch and will be back for this screening! He is always a joy to listen to.

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-- 02/09/2016 14:22

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-- 02/09/2016 14:16

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 26/08/2016 11:50

Timm Hearn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 23/08/2016 19:59
Check out The Black Daddies Club family fun event! Come on out with your fam for a great day (and also a chance to win some tickets to #CTFF2016).
http://theblackdaddiesclub.com/blog/2016/08/23/black-daddies-club-annual-family-and-friends-picnic/

Timm Hearn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 18/08/2016 17:02
Dominicans of Haitian descent accomplishing great things. Don't forget to purchase your tickets to see God Willing, Yuli (Si Bondye vle, Yuli) - http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/product/blacklovematters/ - and learn more about Haitians living in the DR.
http://sentinel.ht/2016/08/18/dominican-haitian-descent-wins-countrys-first-2016-olympic-medal/

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-- 17/08/2016 16:47

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-- 15/08/2016 15:47
Three Films from the festival are hidden in the word search! Find them and comment below for a chance to win tickets to a #CTFF2016 screening of your choice!

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 13/08/2016 13:29
Here is the trailer for Si Bondye vle, Yuli. Our feature film on #BlackLoveMatters themed night. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW>>>http://goo.gl/zKEcyO English subtitles has been added.

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-- 09/08/2016 22:35
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-- 09/08/2016 15:41
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Check out the trailer for our Feature Presentation on #BlackLoveMatters Night. God Willing, Yuli (Si Bondye vle, Yuli) by Jean Jean Yuli, a Haitian woman has lived in the Dominican Republic for more than 35 years. The child, who made Yuli cross the border in the beginning of the 80’s, is back and finds out that his mother after all this time is still trying to fix her situation because of the Regularization Plan the Dominican government has launched and he reveals the daily struggles of many through her story.

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 31/07/2016 15:42
See the trailer for This Connect by Red Frederick In the aftermath of a painful relationship an estranged daughter goes on a journey to detox herself from years of miscommunication and broken promises Get your tickets here>>>http://goo.gl/zKEcyO

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-- 31/07/2016 15:38
His Father's Son by Adjani Salmon is about Jimmy, a teenager struggling to be seen as a man in his Caribbean father's eyes! Check out the trailer! Get your tickets here>>>http://goo.gl/zKEcyO

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-- 29/07/2016 20:09

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-- 22/07/2016 17:29
Look out for GOD WILLING, YULI, our feature presentation by Jean Jean GOD WILLING, YULI (Si Bondye vle, Yuli) - This modern day crime drama Yuli, a Haitian woman, has lived in the Dominican Republic for more than thirty-five (35) years. The child, for whose sake Yuli had crossed the border in the early eighties, returns to discover that his mother after all this time still needs to fix her situation because of the Regularization Plan that the Dominican government has launched. In telling her story, he reveals the daily struggles of many. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!! CLICK ME>>>http://goo.gl/zKEcyO
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