Silverspot Cinema
300 SE 3rd St #100 Miami, FL 33131(305) 536-5000

Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity & Strength

World Premiere

DIRECTED BY Mark Goodnow

Country: Haiti, USA
Language: English, French Creole
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 50min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Documentary Achievement Award

In Haitian culture, the phrase “kenbe fem” is heard often, and with reason: it means “to hold firm,” and it speaks of the resilience Haitian communities have developed over two centuries. “Kenbe fem” became especially relevant in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, when more than 250,000 people perished and thousands lost their homes and livelihoods.

In this powerful documentary, art gallery owner and entrepreneur David Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American living in Seattle, travels to Haiti looking for his mother after the earthquake hit the island. Deeply dissatisfied with the work put forward by the Haitian government and international NGOs, David takes matters into his own hands and rebuilds his mother’s house, Kay Tita, or “Tita’s House,” transforming it into a community center that provides immediate access to resources for those affected by the earthquake. Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity & Strength demonstrates how hope can be built through profound conviction and hard, communal work.

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Director: Mark Goodnow
Producer: Mark Goodnow
Screenwriter: Nils Cowan, David Pierre-Louis
Executive Producer: Mark Goodnow, David Pierre-Louis
Production Company: The Production Foundry

Music: Amon Johnson
Cinematographer: Elvis Gilmore, Mark Goodnow, Johnny Miller, Matt Mohebalian, Stacey Jenkins, Nils Cowan, Johnny Pierre-Louis, David Pierre-Louis, Bart Mervil, Pierre Ebed Jacques
Editor: Mark Goodnow, Zack Ellenbogen, Stacey Jenkins, Bart Mervil, Johnny Miller

Cast: David PIerre-Louis, Augusta “Tita” Bienvenue, Nzingah Oniwosan, Pierre Stanley Baptiste, Manoucheka Celeste

Mark Goodnow

Mark Goodnow is a Seattle based director and producer. He started his career in Los Angeles, where he worked on network television series and feature films before relocating to Seattle, where he expanded into corporate and documentary filmmaking. His award-winning short “Sleeping with Siri” (2012) was featured in film festivals throughout the country.

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