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Jean Gentil

Directors: Laura Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
2010, Dominican Republic / Mexico
Spanish and Haitian Creole, with English subtitles
Narrative feature 84 minutes / 14+

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When he loses his job as a French teacher, Jean, a gentle, middle-aged Haitian living alone in Santo Domingo, is evicted from his apartment. He searches unsuccessfully for a new job and a new place to stay. Frustrated, he leaves the city for the countryside, where his quest increasingly takes on a spiritual dimension. Jean’s mission becomes nothing less than the search for a reason for being in a seemingly indifferent world.

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Both born in 1980, Laura Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas—from the Dominican Republic and Mexico respectively—are a husband-and-wife filmmaking team. Their first feature film, the drama Cochochi (2007), won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival. Jean Gentil is their second and most recent film.

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Mon 26 Sept 2.00pm + Thur 29 Sept 7.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

Date: Sun 17 Jul, 2011
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