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Will Prosper’s NFB doc Kenbe la, jusqu’à la victoire (Kenbe la, Until We Win) screening in Montreal as of January 31, followed by Eastern Quebec tour in February. People’s Choice Award winner, RIDM 2019.

PRESS RELEASE
15/01/2020

January 15, 2020 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

After its world-premiere screening received a standing ovation from a sold-out house at the 2019 edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), the feature-length documentary Kenbe la, jusqu’à la victoire (Kenbe la, Until We Win), directed by Will Prosper and produced by the NFB, is opening on Friday, January 31, at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, in its original French and Creole version (French subtitles). A tour of Eastern Quebec will follow starting Monday, February 3. Ranging from the lush Haitian countryside, rarely seen onscreen, to the icy landscapes of Quebec, this sensitive film chronicles the journey of Alain Philoctète, an inspiring figure whose dreams have universal appeal and resonate across generations.

Kenbe la, Until We Win comes to theatres in January amid commemorations of Haitian Independence Day (1804) and a solemn anniversary: it has been 10 years since the devastating earthquake of 2010. The film has also been included on a list of top picks for Black History Month in February. In this up-close-and-personal portrait of a committed artist, philosopher and activist as seen through his hopes and struggles, Prosper builds bridges between two countries and between people, in the process creating a contemporary, made-in-Quebec work with deep roots in the Haitian experience.

Quick facts

Kenbe la, Until We Win (dir. Will Prosper, 83 min)
Produced for the NFB by Nathalie Cloutier
Original music: Jenny Salgado and André Courcy

Screenings in Montreal

  • Cinémathèque québécoise
    Opens Friday, January 31
    Will Prosper will attend selected screenings (details to come).
  • Top picks series, Black History Month
  • Will Prosper will also take part in a roundtable entitled Les arts comme arme de revendication on February 22 at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).

Tour of Eastern Quebec
The director will attend all screenings.

  • Rivière-du Loup
    Organized by Cinédit at Cinéma Princesse
    Monday, February 3, 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 4, 10 a.m. (master class)

About the film

Press kit: Synopses, bios, director’s statement, images, clips

Shot in Haiti and Montreal, Kenbe la: Until We Win is a portrait of an inspiring artist and activist who dreams of developing a permaculture project in his native country even as he fights an ongoing battle with cancer.

About the filmmaker

Will Prosper is a documentary filmmaker, human rights activist and community organizer whose work offers new perspectives on under-represented communities and African-descendant cultures in Quebec.

Media Relations

  • About the NFB

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