Jacques Roumain (1907–1944) is considered one of the most prominent and influential writers in Haitian literature. He was active in the struggle against US occupation, founding the Haitian Communist Party in 1934. Due to his political activities, he was routinely arrested and incarcerated, and eventually exiled, leaving behind his beloved wife and children. During exile he traveled to the US, and developed ties with Langston Hughes and other Pan-African authors. With an almost frenetic pace, this documentary chronicles Roumain’s 37 years through reenactments, interviews, and archival footage and, consequently, vividly portrays turbulent life in Haiti during the first half of the 20th century.
Awards: "Paul Robeson Prize" - 21st Pan-African Festival of Film and Television, Ouagadougou (Fespaco), 2009.
- political activist, activist, Pan-African, exile, writer, US occupation, communism