Tuesday - Jul 16, 2019

Haiti included for the first time in the Oscars

by the El Reportero’s news service

The incipient Haitian film industry began to emerge, after the announcement today of the first entry of this Caribbean nation to the Oscars, with the film ‘’Ayiti Mon Amour’’, by director Guetty Felin.

The production exposes the portrait of a post-earthquake nation that cries its more than 220,000 dead, but rises from the rubble. It is nominated in the category of best foreign film.

Felin, is a filmmaker born in Haiti, and raised between the Caribbean nation and New York, traveled to Port-au-Prince on an emergency plane 10 days after the disaster of 2010, and tried to remember in the film each of the scenes encountered when disembarking, ‘Images that will stay with me throughout the practice of my film career,’ the author stated.

Seven years later, ‘Ayiti Mon Amour’ marks not only the emergence of a new distinctive voice in Haitian cinema, but also a milestone in the country’s cultural recovery, as the first narrative film filmed locally and directed by a woman.

Taking advantage of her previous work, Felin infuses the realities of today’s Haiti, the shortage of power and water, the threats of climate change, with a lyricism that plays its mystical side.

First Artists Confirm Attendance at Latin Grammy Gala

Singers Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Maluma, and Resident confirmed their attendance at the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place on November 16 in Las Vegas, USA.

J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Flor de Toloache, Natalia Lafourcade, and Sofía Reyes are also among the first artists to perform at the event to be celebrated at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

During the ceremony is also expected the performance of Spanish Alejandro Sanz, Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, Logic and French Montana, announced Latin Recording Academy in a statement.

This year the nominations are headed by Puerto Rican René Pérez Joglar, Resident of Calle 13, with nine, followed by Mexican Maluma with 7, and Colombian Shakira with six mentions.

Others who opt for the golden gramophone in the 48 categories of the contest are the Spanish Joaquín Sabina and David Bisbal; Mexicans Lila Downs and Alejandro Fernández; Colombian Juanes and Venezuelan Franco de Vita.