The Pierced Heart & The Machete

HKKP Short Films
Haiti Field Recordings
Book Launch
Friday 5 October 2012
The Cube Cinema
4 Princess Row, Bristol, BS2 8NQ
7.30pm - 11.00pm | £4/3 cons (no one turned away due to lack of funds) | Buy Tickets

Cinema as a force and in a field. Tonight’s live and pre-recorded content is all borne from the unbelievably fantastic and fraught zone that is Haiti, including an exclusive feature film screening of The Pierced Heart & The Machete, a breathtaking, mix-tape documentary by Olivia Wyatt (Sublime Frequencies) – plus discussions, clips and insights revolving around HKKP‘s work in Haiti.

Qu is very happy to assist with this HKKP event.

Exploring two Haitian Vodou religious pilgrimages in full unabashed style, The Pierced Heart & The Machete’s vivid and arresting images are set to an intense range of music, from acoustic/folk to soundsystem-shaking electronic soundtracks. Disorientating, ecstatic and explicit, homely and healing, this is sound and vision that could have only been created on the island of Haiti. The filmmaker (who was also behind Staring Into The Sun) will be interviewed by Esther May Campbell and Kayle Brandon on the night via skype

The Cube-centric Haiti Kids Kino Project, which was a reaction to the devastation caused by Earthquakes that hit in 2010, was an inspirational and defining moment for The Cube. The inspiration generated has been felt far and wide, not least by those who organised and went on the three trips to Haiti to set up the temporary cinemas for children.

‘A Field Guide To HKKP’ is a book published by the team and will debut tonight for all to see. To compliment this document some of the team will show specially made shorts, playback on-site sound recordings and discuss the impact of their experiences.

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The Pierced Heart & The Machete TRAILER

The Pierced Heart & The Machete
Director: Olivia Wyatt / 70 mins / USA

A film of two pilgrimages. The first pilgrimage is for Ezili Danto, Vodou goddess of love, art, and passion. Worshipers from all over the world descend upon Ville-Bonheur, in the southwest region of Haiti, to worship, celebrate, and bathe in the sacred waterfall. The second pilgrimage is for Dantors’ husband Ogoun, Voudou god of war, iron, and healing. His pilgrimage takes place in the northern part of Haiti in the town of Plaine du Nord. Practitioners bathe in a mud pool and make sacrifices for Ogoun.

Olivia Wyatt is a filmmaker and photographer living in Rockaway Beach, NY. The last feature she directed, produced, shot and edited was Staring Into the Sun (2011) which was a festival favourite and covered an impressive range of tribes, music and fashions in Ethiopia. She has worked at Magnum Photos and co-produced Treebop, a children’s television show on CAT3 TV. Recently she collaborated with Bitchin Bajas (members of Cave on Drag City) for a Vinyl/DVD release, Vibraquatic, which included 3 films she made to correspond to their music. Her work has also been published in National Geographic, Capricious, Spin, Slate, Famous Magazine, Multimedia Muse, Tiny Vices, Elle and XLR8R.

Haiti Kids Kino Project

HKKP (the Haiti Kids Kino Project), which was a reaction to the devastation caused by Earthquakes that hit in 2010, it was a defining moment for Bristol’s Cube Cinema.

The Cube and associated orgs financed HKKP it through cake, music shows, bag and T-shirt sales, film workshops and screenings, art jumbles, sponsored sports, parties and events across the country. The inspiration generated by HKKP has been felt far and wide, not least by those volunteers who organised and went on the three trips to Haiti to set up temporary community cinemas for children. Between 2010 and 2012, HKKP ran film workshops and screened films to over 10,000 children on buildings, in tent communities and in rural Haiti.

‘A Field Guide To HKKP’ is a compendium of writings, diagrams, pictures and reflections from the volunteers who organised HKKP and travelled to Haiti. The book enjoys thoughts from those volunteers’ radically different voices, spirits and interests. It includes personal reflections from those who experienced the project first hand, offering insights on the conflicts, politics, practicalities and sheer joy of Haiti and social cinema.



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