Kenbe Fem Press Release - Montreal International Film Festival

Sarah Francis
September 18, 2020

The Montreal International Black Film Festival Selects - Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity & Strength

September 2020  - Ten years after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kay Tita is proud that their film Kenbe Fem, will be presented at this year’s Montreal International Black Film Festival which features David Pierre-Louis, a Seattle based, mission-driven Haitian-American entrepreneur and his journey to find his mother during the catastrophe. David hopes to bring greater awareness to the existing assets in Haiti that can be developed to create a sustainable, thriving economy for those struggling at the margins. 

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a not-for-profit, professional arts organization dedicated to education in the arts and to supporting the creation, promotion and showcase of Canadian and international cinema, art and culture.

The film will be showcased online due to the pandemic September 23rd - October 4th. Kenbe Fem which means “to hold firm” in Haitian Creole, is a story of enduring love, strength, and resilience. It is a call to action for the Haitian Diaspora, friends of Haiti, and those eager to play a role to help expand economic opportunities in the country.

The film explores kenbe fem in action as David works with partners to facilitate relief efforts during the earthquake. Driven by the love of country and community, David pursues avenues to renew hope in the community of Turgeau in Port-au-Prince by founding Kay Tita, or Tita’s House, where his mother’s home once stood. 

David and the Kay Tita community hopes to inspire audiences viewing Kenbe Fem to play a role in catalyzing local initiatives that improve livelihoods in Haiti. “I believe that the natural evolution and sustainability of a community is when those that have migrated in search of resources, make their way back home to be a part of the solution”, says David Pierre-Louis, Kay Tita’s Executive Director. 

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