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

In association with Borscht Corp, Coffee and Celluloid and Four Bent Corners

Directed and Edited by Jonathan David Kane

Executive Produced and Written by Jason Fitzroy Jeffers and Keisha Rae Witherspoon

Produced by Joey Daoud and Richard Patterson

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