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Ava and Gabriel - directed by Felix de Rooy
Ava and Gabriel - directed by Felix de Rooy

Director: Claudette Coulanges
From: Haiti/Germany
Year: 1999African Film Minutes: 60
Language: Creole and French with English subtitles
Genre: documentary
Format: 16mm
Niche: Globalization, Women


Looking for Life introduces the viewer to two women, Anne-Rose and Rosemene, who each one has their own particular way of battling through life. The former makes lunches in a factory yard in Port-au-Prince and sells her meals to the factory workers; the latter is employed in the same factory as a production worker making pullovers and T-shirts. Every day she buys her midday meal on credit from Anne-Rose. Through the connection between these two women the film shows part of their daily work and the constant battle for survival that they lead together with other women in Haiti. Going beyond this, however the film demonstrates the extent to which the importation of North American goods has brought about the collapse of Haitian regional production and ruined Haiti's economy. The connection between the two topics of the film reveals the significant role that Haitian women of today play in an economy that has been bled dry.

16mm rental: $250
DVD sale: $195


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