Two hundred years ago, the slaves of Haiti defeated Napoleon's armies in the historic revolution of 1791-1804. One of their weapons was the very tool they used to work the land: the machete. Papa Machete explores the esoteric martial art through the practice and life of a farmer named Alfred Avril. The short film documents his proud devotion to his heritage in the face of increased globalization, and his efforts to keep this mysterious art alive.
A Third Horizon Film
Directed and Edited by Jonathan David Kane
Director of Photography Richard Patterson
Associate Producer Liesl Harewood
Consultants Michael Dylan Rogers, Reginald Turnier and Allan Kim
Kindly facilitated by The Haitian Machete Fencing Project