Haitian-American Director Jacquil Constant tells the story of Haitian artists creating transformational art after a devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.  Screens at PAFF in Los Angeles on Feb. 14 at 1:15 p.m.

By Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA

  • Film: Haiti is a Nation of Artists
  • Director: Jacquil Constant
  • Screenwriter: Jacquil Constant
  • Producer: Jacquil Constant
  • Executive Producer: Jacquil Constant
  • Co-Producer: Berenice Constant
  • Filmmaker: Jacquil Constant
  • Cast: Carine Fabius, Cynthia Saint James, Engels The Artist, Kiki Toussaint, Georges Nader Jr, Jean Claude Jean, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Blanchard Josue, Patrick Ganthier (Killy), Ronald Bazile (Cheby), Frantz Jacques (Guyodo), Jacques Jr, Famille Louis, Saurel Louis
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Language: English, Haitian Creole

Haiti is a Nation of Artists is the story of Haitian artists creating transformational art after a devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Filmmaker Jacquil Constant‘s documentary depicts the humanity of Haitian culture through the lens of a Haitian American filmmaker who seeks to uplift the rich diversity of Haiti and its historical legacy.

The documentary is one of the more than 100 films screening at the 31st Pan African Film Festival located at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD, 4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008 that runs through February 20, 2023. Constant’s film screens on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 1:15 p.m. with a running time of 50 minutes. Tickets available onsite at the theater.

“Haiti is a Nation of Artists won the Best Diaspora Feature Film at the African Silicon Valley Film Festival,” said Constant. “Screening my film at PAFF is an exceptional opportunity to share a story that needed to be told by a Haitian.”

Award-winner Haitian American Filmmaker Jacquil Constant is congratulated by Award-winning Haitian Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis for the film premiering at the 31st Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Courtesy Photo.

Constant, Executive Director and founder of the Annual Haiti International Film Festival, is calling for submissions for the 8th Annual HIFF set for August 19-20, 2023. The theme is “Krik Krak- The Art of Storytelling in Ayiti.”

“Haitian storytelling is about the griot restoring the memory of the culture through film,” said Constant. “Haiti has a two-hundred-year history of liberation and creativity.”

Submit Films at FilmFreeway, https://filmfreeway.com/HaitiInternationalFilmFestival

To interview Jacquil Constant, contact Marie Y. Lemelle for Platinum Star Public Relations at 213-276-7827 at info@platinumstarpr.com 

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About the HIFF
The Annual Haiti International Film Festival (HIFF) is a two-day film festival celebrating Haitian art and culture. Founded in 2015 by Haitian American Filmmaker Jacquil Constant, HIFF showcases art and films from the Haitian Diaspora to authentically reflect Haitian community’s diverse experiences and backgrounds. HIFF promotes cultural diversity through various art genres including documentaries, feature films, short films, narrative films, and art.

HIFF is considered the HBO for Haitian films displaying the humanity of Haitian culture. The goal of the HIFF is to inform diverse audiences about the rich culture of the Haitian diaspora through innovative cinema. Through outreach and collaboration with emerging, and established filmmakers, we not only teach and conduct workshops, but we also build a stronger ecosystem for Haitian filmmakers through partnerships with non-profit organizations and educational institutions to make a bigger impact in Hollywood and Haiti.