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In a news leaded by gang violence, the Haitian press speaks of “a breath of fresh air”! The film “Freda” by Haitian director Gessica Géneus continues its successful course. After having caused a sensation this summer (2021) at the Cannes Film Festival, in the “Un certain regard” category, the feature film is now selected for the 2022 Oscars.
“ Freda ”caused a sensation at the 74th Cannes Film Festival this summer. Firstly because for the first time since 1993, a film from Haiti was in the selection, but also because the first feature film by Gessica Géneus, which tells us about a young woman who fights for her survival in a capital Port- au-Prince, was unanimous. A great adventure which will therefore continue in Los Angeles since we learned, on Thursday November 11, 2021, that “Freda” would represent Haiti at the Oscars, on March 27, 2022. A news that obviously delights Gessica Géneus, especially as the application file was submitted at the last minute. “It was a terrible race”, explains the director who says to herself “Still in shock to get there” even if, she specifies, “The race for the Oscars is a long battle for small films that do not come from the United States”.
- MSF’s activities a little more threatened in Haiti
As tensions and clashes escalate in the Haitian capital, shortages of fuel and drinking water threaten medical services and their patients, including those managed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who are demanding supplies to facilities. city medical centers in fuel. Although MSF has continued to reduce its energy consumption through emergency measures, the MSF Trauma and Burns Hospital in Tabarre was forced last week to reduce its medical activities; now only treating vital emergencies. MSF usually refers some patients to other medical facilities if needed, but it becomes more difficult every day, as explained by Frandy Sanson, head of medical operations at the Turgeau Emergency Center, managed by Médecins Sans Frontière in Port au Prince.
- Washington once again condemns the Ortega regime
Five days after the much contested re-election of Daniel Ortega, the United States is putting a little more pressure on the Nicaraguan regime and supporting the OAS, which is studying, on the occasion of its General Assembly, a draft resolution to condemn the Ortega system. The draft resolution, launched on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 by eight countries in the region, asks the Permanent Council of the OAS to carry out “an immediate collective assessment (…) no later than November 30, 2021 and to take the appropriate measures“. Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State who spoke to the OAS, also referred to the situation in Cuba, where a demonstration planned for November 15, 2021 by the opposition to demand the release of political prisoners has been banned by the government. He also demanded that Venezuela release “all US nationals illegally detained”.
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Journal of Haiti and the Americas – The Haitian film “Freda” selected for the Oscars