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Culture Spotlight Featuring Yanatha Desouvre

Yanatha Desouvre is the Co Screenwriter/Producer of “The Sweetest Girl” and founder of R.D.J.A DES LLC. Desouvre is a best-selling author, educator. public speaker and t. His latest novella,“Revelations: Roads to Redemption,” pays homage to Wyclef Jean’s discography. He is also the author of the 2016 novella “To Whom Much is Given,” the first of the Goodman Chronicles series. Desouvre has been featured in various print publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Haitian Times, Sentinel HT, HuffPost, and Black Enterprise, and on television outlets that include South Florida PBS, NBC. Readers Digit and ABC.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? The experience was great. I learned so much and I grew as a filmmaker. I truly appreciated the cyphers about distribution, marketing and so much more.

Why are stories from the culture important? Authentic stories from the culture are crucial. Nobody can tell our stories like how we tell them. It's important because we need to control the narrative.

What projects are you working on now? I am currently working on our 1st feature film Flatbush. Set in 1990's Brooklyn, New York, a determined Haitian American teenager, caught between two worlds, survival and loyalty. In the city of dreams, he and his crew’s activities lead to nightmares in the criminal underworld. It put their lives in danger and finding unorthodox ways to survive by any means necessary. Our film deals with the debilitating xenophobia that the Haitian community was dealing with worldwide that affected millions.

Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? I believe the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important because there is nothing else like this festival. The integrity of the team and the desire for all the festival participants to excel is genuinely felt by C.R Capers and her awesome team. I am so grateful that this platform exists because the Hip Hop Film Festival is a place you are taught to come correct or don't come at all.

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