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Together with Africadelic and Caribbean Creativity, we present the Dutch preview of 'Kanaval: A People's History of Haiti in Six Chapters'. This documentary presents Haitian history in an explosion of colour, dance and music as the country prepares for its legendary carnival. The screening is organised to celebrate and commemorate the 220th anniversary of Haitian independence.
Kanaval is a visually arresting award-winning documentary that is set in the present but tells the rich story of Haiti’s past, as we follow a number of carnival performers in the lead up to and during the annual Jacmel Mardi Gras. These performers relate their own personal histories as well as the stories of their carnival characters, representing moments and people from the distant and not so distant Haitian past. Interwoven with the interviews, testimonies and observational footage, is archive material drawn from a wide variety of sources to enhance our understanding of Haitian history and culture from the time of the indigenous Taino through to the present day.
Before the film you can also watch the Dutch première of Who In Da Mornin (2023), a new short film about Junkanoo, one of the Caribbean's most celebrated and spirited carnivals. Being practiced most notably in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Belize, and Florida, this documentary focuses on Bahamian Junkanoo, hosted over Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Melkweg often hosts different types of programmes at the same time, such as concerts, club nights and films. Please note that there may occasionally be some noise pollution from other programmes during the screening.