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Travel to Haiti to the annual Jacmel Mardi Gras celebration as it is described by performers, organizers and community members. Locals embrace and share the history of Haiti as they see it: from the Indigenous roots of the Taíno people to the contemporary practices of Vodou. This is a story of joy and beauty. A documentary for the island, by the island, with voices decorating a history through personal experiences that are not found in textbooks. In true carnival fashion, the visuals in this documentary are unmatched, accompanied by a rich score that brings each testimony to life. Kanaval: A People's History of Haiti in Six Chapters will stop you in your tracks and you are sure to remember it long after watching. Fall in love with Haiti and experience a different way to carnival. Samah Ali

The screening on Saturday, May 6 will be followed by a dance performance by Dance Caribe Performing Company.

Streaming online May 5-9. Streaming only available in Canada.


  • Director(s)

    • Leah Gordon
    • Eddie Hutton Mills
  • Producer(s)

    • Natasha Dack Ojumu
    • Leah Gordon
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Shanida Scotland
    • Mark Bell
    • Nikki Parrott
    • Emily McMehen
  • Editor(s)

    • Xanna Ward Dixon
  • Cinematography

    • Joel Honeywell
  • Composer

    • Sons of Kemet
  • Sound

    • Don Nelson
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