Gessica Géneus: “Freda is Haiti, a land of pain and trauma …”

INTERVIEW – The Haitian-born director, whose first film was selected at Cannes, discusses the reasons why her feature film draws an implacable x-ray of the cancers that plague her native country.

She is 35 years old and already has an incredible career. Gessica Géneus has energy to spare. Actress, novelist and director born on December 23, 1985 in Port-au-Prince, the director of Freda has not yet fully realized what has just happened to her with this first film, where she depicts the daily life of a Haitian family in today’s Haiti.

The film features Esther and Freda, two very close sisters who live with Janette, their devout mother, and their little brother in a popular district of Port-au-Prince. If Esther is the big sister, a beautiful young woman destined to meet a wealthy husband who can save her from want, Freda focuses on her anthropology studies at the University of Haiti. A matriarchal figure who will soon reveal her flaws, the mother runs a grocery store on the street. It is from this modest stall that the heroine witnesses the rise of the ambient anger, that of the Haitian people torn between hope and despair.

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