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VIEWPOINTS

STONES IN THE SUN

Directed by P. Benoit
FEATURE NARRATIVE 95 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE STONES IN THE SUN
In the midst of increasing political violence in their homeland, the lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees intersect in 1980s New York City. A haunted young woman (a powerful Patricia Rhinvil) struggling to forget the atrocities she's experienced reunites with her husband in Brooklyn, where he barely scrapes by as a livery cab driver. A single mother striving for assimilation in a tony Long Island suburb takes in her sister (Edwidge Danticat), a teacher and political activist who is unable to reconcile their violent youth with her sister's seemingly banal lifestyle. And a newly married man (Thierry Saintine), the host of a popular anti-government radio show, finds his estranged father (a recently ousted military leader) on his doorstep, desperate for shelter. Now, they all must confront the disturbing truth of their pasts, as we slowly learn the history of their interlocked lives.

In her impassioned, penetrating feature film debut, Haitian director P. Benoit steers clear of clichés about immigrants and refugees, thoughtfully revealing three stories of damaged love. Authentically tapping into the reality of the unique Haitian-American experience, Benoit sensitively represents the characters' conflicted desire to return to a home that no longer exists.
Drama
About the Director(s)
P. Benoit was born in Haiti and lives in New York, where she co-founded the Haitian Women's Program. She has been an artist-in-residence at Ramapo College, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellow, and a recipient of NYF and NYSCA grants and an NBPC award. She has participated in the Sundance directors and screenwriters lab.
Special Note

 

Co-hosted by:

Cine Institute


Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    95 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Haitian Creole, French
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Thibaut Rigeot, Nicolas Breviere
  • Producer:
    Karin Chien, Ben Howe, Mynette Louie
  • Co-Producer:
    Dave Saltzman
  • Screenwriter:
    P. Benoit
  • Director:
    P. Benoit
  • Editor:
    Dominique Petrot, Jeremy Troy
  • Production Designer:
    Nadya Gurevich
  • Executive Producer:
    L. Kornhauser
  • Co-Editors:
    John Lyons, Soham Mehta
  • Primary Cast:
    Edwidge Danticat, Michele Marcelin, Carlo Mitton, James Noel, Patricia Rhinvil, Thierry Saintine
  • Composer:
    Enis Rotthoff
  • Director of Photography:
    Eric Lin

Contacts
  • Sales Agent
  • Director
    P. Benoit
    LotBo Films
    28 Bethune New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    plewisbenoit@gmail.com
  • Director
    Patricia Benoit
    LotBo Films
    28 Bethune New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    plewisbenoit@gmail.com
  • Coordinator
    Maya Rudolph
    dGenerate films
    mayaevagunstrudolph@gmail.com
  • Technical Contact
    Ben Howe
    28 Bethune Brooklyn, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 273 0551
    bhhowe@gmail.com
  • Print Source
    LotBo Films
    LotBo Films
    1166 Manhattan Ave. Ste 303 Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Sales Agent
    Karin Chien
    President
    LotBo Films
    1166 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 303 Brooklyn, NY 11222
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    karinc@gmail.com
  • Coordinator
    Maya Rudolph
    dGenerate films
    mayaevagunstrudolph@gmail.com
  • Director
    Patricia Benoit
    LotBo Films
    28 Bethune New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    plewisbenoit@gmail.com
  • Technical Contact
    Ben Howe
    28 Bethune Brooklyn, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 273 0551
    bhhowe@gmail.com
  • Sales Agent
  • Sales Agent
    Karin Chien
    President
    LotBo Films
    1166 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 303 Brooklyn, NY 11222
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    karinc@gmail.com
  • Director
    P. Benoit
    LotBo Films
    28 Bethune New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    plewisbenoit@gmail.com
  • Print Source
    LotBo Films
    LotBo Films
    1166 Manhattan Ave. Ste 303 Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Sales Agent
    Karin Chien
    President
    LotBo Films
    1166 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 303 Brooklyn, NY 11222
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    karinc@gmail.com
  • Sales Agent
    Karin Chien
    President
    LotBo Films
    1166 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 303 Brooklyn, NY 11222
    Phone: 917 209 9602
    karinc@gmail.com

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