Jul 202015

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The influence of history, religion, and politics on the emergence of a dynamic art movement in Haiti is the subject of this 28 minute award-winning documentary film.

The Art of Haiti juxtaposes images from everyday life with the radiant works of twelve prominent painters and includes interviews with renowned artists Philome Obin and Rigaud Benoit. In addition to delving into historical and political influences, the uneasy co-existence of Christian and Vodoun beliefs is explored through detailed retrospectives of artists influenced by the Vodoun religion, Hector Hyppolite and Andre Pierre.

The Smithsonian Institution contributed to the high quality digitizing of the original 16mm negative so that the DVD could be used as a reference during their restoration of several murals from the destroyed Cathedrale Sainte-Trinite in Port-au-Prince. The film serves as a permanent record of these beautiful murals, filmed years before the Cathedrale was destroyed during the earthquake of 2010.


“I very much enjoyed seeing [The Art of Haiti].”    — Alan Lomax, American Folklorist.

“The film would be excellent for classes in Black History and Culture, Latin American studies, Art and Art History and Social Studies. A wonderful way to present the history and daily culture of Haiti to your students.”    — Northeast  Conference on the Teaching of Languages.

“A skillfully edited work which makes effective use of color and music. The Art of Haiti can be highly recommended to those interested in art and in Black and Caribbean culture.”                 — Library Journal.

“The African diaspora as far as art is concerned, is made vivid in Mamalakis’ film, The Art of Haiti.”    — Ramon Price, former Chief Curator, DuSable Museum of African American History,  Chicago.

Produced and directed by Mark Mamalakis



Chicago International Film Festival – 3 awards

French Cultural Services Award

Silver Plaque award, Documentary: Arts/Humanities

Illinois Award



Anthropology Film Festival, Field Museum, Chicago.

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Festival International Du Film Des Metiers & D’Art, Aubusson, France

International Festival of Films on Art, Asolo, Italy.

Film Center, The Art Institute of Chicago.



mrkfilms.com, info@mrkfilms.com, Tel. 312/315-2181

Institutional pricing includes PPR $125.00

K-12 Schools $65.00

Home video pricing $29.95

28:35 Minutes

16mm to DVD


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