Haiti Cinema - "Papa Machete" in 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film List

The Sundance Institute has just announced that Papa Machete, a short film about Haitian Machete Fencing, will be included in the short films program list for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival...

Scene from Papa Machete

Titles: Papa Machete

Here is a short description of Papa Machete, by American filmmaker Jonathan David Kane:

Two hundred years ago, Haitian slaves defeated Napoleon's armies with the same tool used to work the land: the machete. Papa Machete explores a martial art evolved from this victory through the practice of one of its few remaining masters.

Papa Machete is the story of Alfred Avril, an aging farmer in Haiti who is also a master of the esoteric martial art of Haitian machete fencing. So the short film documents the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing through the story and practice of one man.

Alfred Avril is a subsistence farmer living in Haiti, who garners an extremely modest side income teaching traditional Haitian fencing.

Also read: Papa Machete: A Short Film About Haitian Machete Fencing

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