What a night!
It was a strong kickstart! An opening night with an amazing presentation of the President and Founder of the festival Fabienne Colas… An inspiring speech of Martin Luther King III eldest son of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, who was given the humanitarian award, and an eye opening film “Sweet Micky for President” hosted by Pras Michel from the Fugees. Pras also hosted the after party with Mikaben and T-Micky who gave us KOMPASTIC (Kompa and fanstatic) performances.
Created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and formerly known as the “Montreal Haitian Film Festival”, whose first edition included 3 films in 3 days the now “Montreal Black International Film Festival” is the largest of its kind in Canada. For the past 10 years the MIBFF has screened hundreds of movies representing over 40 countries. Moreover, it has attracted international media coverage and has paid tribute to many celebrities such as: Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte, Souleymane Cissé, Kim Nguyen, Stedman Graham…
Fabienne was crowned Miss haiti 2000 and has represented Haiti in numerous beauty contests around the world. She is considered the most popular actress in Haitian cinema.
Creative, generous and a charismatic leader Ms. Colas is a superwoman. She is the President and Founder of her self-titled foundation, of the Montreal International Black Film Festival, of the Haiti en Folie Festival in Montreal (Haiti on fire), the Toronto Black film Festival (TBFF), the Festival Fade to Black and of the Quebecois Film Festival in Haiti, and is also very active at the production company Zaza Productions.
Haiti… 5th anniversary
This year is very symbolic for the festival. It is commemorating the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
“ So, we couldn’t think of a better way to open the Festival with a film about Haiti: “Sweet Micky for President,” hosted by producer Pras Michel (Grammy award winner and founding member of the Fugees); to pay tribute to Canadian director and Oscar Winner Paul Haggis (Founder of Artists for Peace and Justice) the founder of Cine Institute (Jacmel, Haiti), David Belle for their exceptional social contributions to Haiti; as well as to welcome 5 cine institute graduates, the new wave of Haitian Cinema (Jollywood)!” Fabienne Colas
It’s also a year of Black anniversaries!
50 years since the historic march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
60 years since Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery.
50 years since the assassination of human rights activist Malcom X. This year is a “Special American Program” with film such as Selma and Black Panthers: Vanguards of a revolution, panel discussion with Martin Luther King III, and exhibition about pioneer African-American women.
Enjoy the show, Bon cinema!