It’s Haitian Heritage Month!

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The Community2Community (C2C) organization and the Brooklyn Historical Society are among institution’s commemorating of Haitian Heritage Month in May.

Working toward the completion of its water distribution project in Haiti, Community2Community will present its annual “Hope and a Future – a Celebration of Haiti” on May 16 at BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St., starting at noon.

The family-oriented event features will live performances, a cultural marketplace

The C2C Ayiti Marché (Haitia Kreyòl for open market), hosted by celebrity caterer and author Nadege Fleurimond, includes music, raffles, and giveaways. It begins at noon and admission is free.

Marie-Yolaine Eusebe, founder of Community2Community, which is working to provide water to a town in Haiti.

Marie-Yolaine Eusebe, founder of Community2Community, which is working to provide water to a town in Haiti.

The main production, “Piti Piti,” features award-winning Haitian guitarist and singer BélO, the Christian Cultural Center’s BOOTS Step Team and other entertainment. Admission to the fund-raising “Piti Piti” segment is $35 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets for “Piti Piti” at visit www.Community2Community.info or call (718) 393-7740.

To participate as an artisan in the C2C Ayiti Marché, contact Midea Stewart at midea@community2community.info .

Brooklyn Historical Society’s Haitian Heritage Month programs start with a discussion on Brooklyn’s Haitian communities on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., featuring Haitian Times founder Garry Pierre-Pierre, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, New York City Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha and community activist Jocelyne Mayas.

On May 12, as part of Haiti Film Fest 2015, BHS will present a screening of Raoul Peck’s “Haitian Corner,” a film about a Haitian exile in New York and the island nation’s torturous Duvalier regime. Haiti Cultural Exchange will hold a discussion after the film. Admission is $5 for the public and free for BHS and Green-Wood members.

Brooklyn Historical Society is at 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.) in Brooklyn Heights. For information, visit brooklynhistory.org or (718) 222-4111.

In 2015, C2C will move toward the completion of the Water Initiative by breaking ground on the final, yet most expensive and labor-intensive phase: the installation of a distribution system that will bring the water directly to several communities. Completion of the Water Initiative will make water readily accessible to communities whose residents currently walk miles to the original source each day. “We are excited about the progress of the water distribution system and grateful to our C2C Neighbors for making that progress possible,” said Marie-Yolaine.

Other Haitian Heritage Month events include the third Biennial Haiti Film Fest on May 9 at the Central Library branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, Flatbush Ave. and Eatern Parkway.

Presented by the Haiti Cultural Exchange, this year’s festival features three films:

  • Black Dawn, the Robin Lloyd and Doreen Kraft film about Haiti’s early history, culture, rich folklore, and religion, at 1:30 p.m.
  • The New York premiere of “Port-au-Prince Mon Seul et Unique Amour” by Arnold Antonin, a documentary portrait of Georges Corvington and his passion for Port-au-Prince, at 2 p.m.
  • “In the Eye of the Spiral” by Eve Blouin and Raynald Leconte, the Annie Lenox-narrated documentary about some of the nation’s its most successful native artists.

All screenings, which will be held the library’s Dweck Center, will be followed by discussions with filmmakers, actors, and scholars. For more information, visit http://haiticulturalx.org/.

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