Is your bookshelf alphabetized? Are your socks sorted by thickness and color? Then Eat, for This Is My Body, the first feature film from director Michelange Quay, is not for you. Roughly, its about the complicated relationship between colonizers and colonized in Haiti. But that gives too much structure to this practically narrative-less, dialogue-free film.
Bookended by breathtaking montages of Haiti, from picture-perfect beaches to city slums, the film centers on a white woman and her black servants. In one scene, the woman sits at a table, surrounded by identically dressed black schoolboys who repeatedly thank her for a meal she refused to give them. Cut to the next scene: A creamy, vanilla-frosted cake has replaced the white woman. Intrigued? See what happens next at Thursdays screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. In 2008, this beautifully shot film screened at Sundance and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival. Pay a couple of dollars more as a donation to the Hollywood Unites for Haiti relief fund.
Thu., March 18, 8 p.m., 2010