A report by Erin C. J. Robertson for Ok Africa.
It is from this rich legacy that short doc Papa Machete, written and executive produced by Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, introduces us to late tire machétt master “Professor” Alfred Avril who taught his fighting technique, often guarded in Haiti, to a select few.
“I don’t use this gift to kill people, but I have it,” Avril reveals in the film. “So if you attack me…Understand? You’ll be in a bad way. If you are cut, the blood will flow.”
The short, boasting lush cinematography, paints a picture of Avril who instructs on the practical and spiritual nature of the machete, especially valuable for Haitian farmers like himself, according to the press release. Through his efforts to provide for and educate all eleven of his children, Avril demonstrates his allegiance to Haiti. His sons Roland and Jean-Paul, both…
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