” I never considered myself as somebody in exile because, different to my father who, yes, was in exile because he left Haiti as an adult, for me it was just to be somewhere else. I carried Haiti with me everywhere, but I also carried, you know, my youth in a public school in Brooklyn. It’s part of who I am as well. “


” Film is carrying a lot of ideology. It’s carrying an image. It’s forging an image not only of the rest of the world, but also of yourself, you know. “


” It’s not about the past, it’s about knowing your history so that you can fight in the present. Otherwise, you don’t know who the real enemy is, what the real issue is, because it had been covered by many layers of bad information, of lies, and manipulation. “


” We forget that everything has a meaning, everything has an impact on you. It’s what we call soft power today. Nothing is innocent. “


” I remember a time when you were protesting on the street together with your professors, with your union, with your school organizations. Everybody was in the streets. Now, everybody is kept alone in his box, in this fragile condition, afraid of losing tenure. “


” Right now, the machine keeps us totally busy. If you don’t react against it, you’ll end up letting yourself go and become the perfect consumer. That’s what they want. “


” The only direction I can give to an actor, a good actor who knows his skills, is, ‘Here are those words. They’re yours. Make them yours. Don’t tell the text but be the text.’ That means you have to be the emotion of the text. “


” A black character is much more than just a black character, he’s a character, period. So show the world as it is. Even with all your artistic license, you make a political choice. “


” When you stand up in the morning, you look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m black.’ No. You wake up and you see yourself as a human being in the world, but you raise discussion and raise aggression, the anger that you confront every day of your life, whether you want to or not. “


” You face the reality, whether it’s hopeful or hopeless. What’s your alternative? To lie down and die? “


” Sometimes people ask me, ‘Are you an optimist or a pessimist?’ It doesn’t matter. Whether I have a future or not is for me to decide. “


” I refuse to make films where the audience comes for consumption. I make films where you know you are also part of the process. “


” I have to make sure, when you start seeing a film, you are going to see it until the end. I have to, of course, entertain you a little bit. The real question is how far do I go? “



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I never considered myself as somebody in exile because, different to my father who, yes, was in exile because he left Haiti as an adult, for me it was just to be somewhere else. I carried Haiti with me everywhere, but I also carried, you know, my youth in a public school in Brooklyn. It
Film is carrying a lot of ideology. It


It
We forget that everything has a meaning, everything has an impact on you. It
I remember a time when you were protesting on the street together with your professors, with your union, with your school organizations. Everybody was in the streets. Now, everybody is kept alone in his box, in this fragile condition, afraid of losing tenure.
Right now, the machine keeps us totally busy. If you don
The only direction I can give to an actor, a good actor who knows his skills, is,
A black character is much more than just a black character, he
When you stand up in the morning, you look in the mirror and say,
You face the reality, whether it
Sometimes people ask me,
I refuse to make films where the audience comes for consumption. I make films where you know you are also part of the process.
I have to make sure, when you start seeing a film, you are going to see it until the end. I have to, of course, entertain you a little bit. The real question is how far do I go?
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