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Cette Maison (15) + Poetry Reading by Esme Allman

Visions of Haiti

A woman looks to the side whilst surrounded by plants in a dream-like room

The season ends with a repeat screening of one of 2022’s breakthrough works, Cette Maison, the debut film by Miryam Charles, plus a a reading by poet and artist Esme Allman.

The story revolves around the tragic death of the director’s cousin, Tessa, who passed away at the tender age of 14 in 2008. In this captivating debut feature, Miryam embarks on a journey to understand her cousin's passing, engaging in a fictional conversation with a young girl who is unable to speak.

The film beautifully unfolds as an imagined biography, delving into the delicate balance between the safety of one's living space and the potential threat of violence that looms over it. Shot on 16mm, Cette Maison artistically navigates grief, diasporic trauma, and the complexities of motherhood. The visual storytelling is truly stunning, immersing you in a world where imagination and reality converge, leaving a profound and lasting impact on the viewers' hearts and minds.

The screening will be preceded by a poetry reading by Esme Allman.

Tagged with: Cinema Visions of Haiti

Haiti, 2022, dir Miryam Charles, 75 minutes

In French and Haitian Creole with English subtitles.

Esme Allman is a poet, theatremaker and facilitator based in South East London. Her work explores desire and imagination against the backdrop of blackness. She has facilitated poetry and creative workshops with Arvon, the Barbican, Clean Break, Sydenham Arts, Kings Theatre, Fevered Sleep and the Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin. Esme's work has appeared at the Barbican Centre, English Heritage and the ICA, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6. She is a former Resident Artist at the Roundhouse where she wrote and performed her one-woman show Delectably Red in June 2022.

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