After an exhausting search for positive programs in the Haitian community in the New York City area for a very long time, I’m happy to say that my wish finally came true. Just a year ago, I was a complete stranger to Haitian activities in New York. My blog was mostly focused on my lifestyle in New York as a young (Haitian) woman. Now I’m so happy to include more of my Haitian culture in the blog. Since I started attending amazing and inspirational cultural events, I can say that my life has really changed. I always considered myself an ambassador of my country. I was always a proud Haitian dedicated to teach my friends about my culture, but now I’m ready to teach the world! And I’m not opposed to learning either because the Haitian culture is so complex.
Last Thursday, I was accompanied by Ania and Soukena, the ladies from my Ansanm Nou Se Ayiti project to the opening night of the second annual Haiti Film Festival in NYC hosted by Haiti Cultural Exchange. You can only imagine how thrilled I was. A whole film festival made by Haitians! Our own voices and narratives telling the world who we are as a people and culture.
Drom, a club in the East Village, was the selected venue for the soiree. I watched it fill up with Haitian directors, actors, designers, photographers, and different supporters of Haitian films. Emeline Michel did not disappoint, and performed beautifully with some new songs from her album. The crowd danced to the different mixes DJ Paul Beaubrun spun that night. I spoke briefly with my favorite Haitian artist, Belo. I was also able to see and speak with celebrity photographer, Marc Baptiste. Dayanne Danier was also there to support. It’s always nice to see such a great team work together to create something so powerful.