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Jean Gentil: a Haitian Immigrant's Story, as Portrayed by Himself

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On Tuesday, May 22 MATATU presents an evening of film that is the familiar to our wandering souls: JEAN GENTIL. It is with great privilege, humility, and pride that we share this one immigrant's journey from the city of Santo Domingo, back home to the Haitian countryside.

"Husband and wife Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas’ poignant tale follows an educated Haitian immigrant as he travels through the Dominican Republic in search of work and a meaning to his life. It was filmed on location in Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince before the January 12th earthquake, but also includes some takes from after the tragedy. Based on the real story of #JeanRemyGenty, the film is beautifully photographed and vividly captures the day to day lives of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic." Film Society of Lincoln Center

"Jean Gentil is you and I, and his story unfolds with the unhurriedness of real time." Slant Magazine
MATATU is a platform for conversation, experience, and expression that helps ordinary people share their journeys. Together, we hope to enhance empathy and understanding of the global human condition.

We are a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts. Learn more about us at www.matatu.co