Papa Machete


Papa Machete from Third Horizon on Vimeo.

“Papa Machete” is a glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. He also happens to be a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, also known as Tire Machèt. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage and his struggle to keep it alive in the face of contemporary globalization.

A Third Horizon Film
In Association with Borscht Corp
Co-Produced by Coffee and Celluloid and Four Bent Corners

Directed by Jonathan David Kane
Executive Producers / Writers: Jason Fitzroy Jeffers & Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Director of Photography: Richard Patterson
Co-Producer: Joey Daoud
Sound Design: Joel C. Hernandez

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haitianfencing.org
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