Papa Machete film

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The short film Papa Machete is a glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. He also happens to be a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, also known as Tire Machèt. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and later had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2015. It has since screened at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. Papa Machete is directed by Jonathan David Kane, and is the first film from Third Horizon, a Caribbean creative collective based in Miami.