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‘En Garde’ Takes On New Urgency In A Duel With Machetes : Goats and Soda : NPR


The older man is “Professor” Alfred Avril, a 70-year-old Haitian farmer who is also a master of tire machet, or Haitian machete fencing. He’s quick but deliberate in his movements. His son and student, Jean-Paul, sways backward, descending to the ground to dodge the strikes.

At one point, Avril, with his machete resting on his son’s, swings the blade up and it slices right into Jean-Paul’s cheeks, drawing a speck of blood and ending the match.

The training session, which resembles a graceful dance as the two twist and turn their bodies, is documented in Papa Machete. The 11-minute documentary, produced by journalist Jason Jeffers and artist Keisha Witherspoon at Third Horizon Media, had its U.S. premiere on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival and will air three more times during the film fest. via : NPR

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