Directed by Jonathan David Kane
“Papa Machete” introduces viewers to the esoteric martial art of machete fencing that evolved from the Haitian Revolution through the practice and life of ‘Professor’ Alfred Avril, a poor, aging farmer who is one of the art’s few remaining masters. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete — which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival — Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage and his struggle to keep it alive in the face of bitter poverty.
Erik Shirai / Documentary / Japan, United States / 2015 / 90 minsThrough the unrelenting winter in the north of Japan, a small group of workers must brave unusual working conditions to bring to life a 2,000-year-old tradition known as saké. A cinematic documentary, “The Birth of Saké” is a visually immersive experience of an almost-secret world in which large sacrifices must be made for the survival of a time-honored brew.
Preceded by: Papa Machete