World Nomads Haiti Brochure
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World Nomads Haiti
May 1–27, 2009

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World Nomads, FIAF’s annual exploration of transculturalism in the 21st century, returns in May with a focus on Haiti—a country brimming with a rich and vibrant cultural life that is both fiercely original and stunningly universal.

Presented in partnership with S.O.B.’S, the PEN World Voices Festival, Ciné Institute, The Maysles Institute, and with the guidance of Jonathan Demme, World Nomads Haiti, brings some of the most exciting examples of Haitian culture to New York.

Spanning all of FIAF, from Le Skyroom to Florence Gould Hall, and stretching between the Maysles Institute in Harlem to S.O.B.’S and The Bubble Lounge downtown, World Nomads Haiti celebrates the inspiring cultural landscape of Haiti—a closely knit community that remains full of hope and promise for the future.


Friday, May 1, 2009 at 8pm
Featuring lead vocalist Richard A. Morse
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After-Party and Performance @ S.O.B.’S
Friday, May 1, 2009, midnight and 2am
Featuring RAM and CaRiMi
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Haitian Freedom Celebration @ S.O.B.’S
Monday, May 18, 2009 at 9pm
Featuring Barikad Crew, Haitian Fresh, and CaRiMi
Special guest Wyclef Jean; Hosted by Papa Jubé Altino
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Haiti Optimiste:
A Global Acoustic & Visual Evening

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 8pm
Featuring Emily King, Michou and surprise guest
Hosted by Papa Jubé Altino, David Belle,
Emmanuelle Chiche, and Harry Hjardemaal
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Writing & Reading Multilingual Haiti
Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 1pm
With Madison Smartt Bell and Dany Laferrière
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Frankétienne–Haitian Identity
Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 3pm
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Krik ? Krak !
Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 5pm
With Michele V. Marcelin, Etienne Télémaque,
Alix Buyu Ambroise, and Martina Bruno
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World Nomads Haiti

Tuesdays, May 5–26, 2009
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With appearances by David Belle, Jonathan Demme,
Louis Ebby Angel, Michèle Montas, and Michelange Quay

Maysles Institute
Haitian Documentary Series

Sunday–Thursday, May 3–28, 2009
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Visual Arts

Jonathan Demme Collection:
Inspiration of Haitian Art

Thursday, May 7–Saturday, June 13, 2009
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Language Center & Library

Atelier : Haïti d’hier à aujourd’hui
@ The Language Center

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 5pm
With FIAF Instructor Michelle Belneau
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Haitian Literature Exhibition
@ The Haskell Library

Opens on Saturday, May 2, 2009
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World Nomads Haiti Sponsors

American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF
Afrique & Caraïbes en créations–CulturesFrance
Organisation internationale de la francophonie

Spring 2009 Season Sponsors

American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF
Florence Gould Foundation
The Herbert J. Seligmann Charitable Trust
New York State Council of the Arts

World Nomads Partners

Ciné Institute
Ciné Institute is Haiti’s only film school. Based on the southern coast in the town of Jacmel, Ciné Institute provides Haitian youth with film education, training, and production support while actively promoting Haiti’s national cinema abroad. Ciné Institute began as Festival Film Jakmèl, an annual celebration that screened hundreds of films from around the world free of charge to local audiences.

The Maysles Institute
The only movie theater in northern Manhattan dedicated to documentary and independent film, the Maysles Institute, serves as a site of community-based, low-cost popular education and entertainment. Located in Harlem, Maysles builds an audience for exemplary documentary films through screenings at the cinema house and through collaborations with outside partners.

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
A week-long celebration of world literature featuring 160 writers from 41 countries speaking 18 different languages. This year’s festival explores the theme of “Evolution/Revolution” in NYC from April 27–May 3.

Founded by Larry Gold, who had a distinct musical vision and passion, S.O.B.’S commits itself to exposing the musical wealth and heritage of the Afro-Latino diaspora to the New York community. Through its presentation of legendary artists such as The Gypsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, and the late Tito Puente, S.O.B.’S has gained recognition as a passionate and cutting-edge music venue.

Special Thanks

World Nomads Haiti thanks Jonathan Demme for his invaluable insight and expertise.

Specials thanks also go to Consul Général Félix Augustin, David Belle, Alessandra Benedicty, Jonathan Cott, Emmanuelle Chiche, Sandrine Butteau, Harper Dill, Kaima L. Glover, Papa Jubé, Caro Llewellym, Albert & Philip Maysles, Awantz St. Fleur, Delphine Selles, Etienne Télémaque, Elizabeth Weinstein, and all of the participating artists.

Special thanks to The Bubble Lounge. Established in Tribeca since 1996, The Bubble Lounge specializes in Champagnes and sparkling wines, serving over 300 varieties in an intimate and elegant setting. With locations in New York and San Francisco, The Bubble Lounge has become a favorite mecca for champagne and sparkling wine lovers all across the country. The Bubble Lounge hosts photo exhibits, film screenings, book releases, and live music nights, and has helped raise thousands of dollars for cultural, educational, and social causes around the world.

Haitian Aid Organizations

A wealth of foundations and organizations exist whose missions are devoted to providing humanitarian aid in Haiti.
Click here for a list of these organisations.

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