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Haitian Song

1982, 52 mins.

To Serve the Gods

Haitian Song (1982, 50 mins.) is a lyrical portrait of life in a small area of rural Haiti. The film focuses on the rituals that compose the texture of everyday life: getting water from the river; making rope by hand from a sisal plant; cooking rice and beans in an outdoor kitchen; communal planting and harvesting.

Through intimate and detailed scenes the film follows two individuals (a man and a woman) through the cycle of their day and follows the larger community through the cycles of a week: the market on Tuesday; the cockfight on Saturday; the dancing under a thatched hut on Sunday.

Narrated entirely in Creole by Haitian peasants (English subtitles) and interwoven throughout with haunting songs, the film evokes a mood and feeling of rural life.