37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Zombi Child


Beginning in 1962, this film focuses on the true story of Haitian man Clairvius Narcisse, who is said to have been dug up from his grave and forced to work on a sugar-cane plantation after his untimely death. Following this introduction, the film shifts to present-day France at an elite boarding school where popular girl Fanny befriends new girl Melissa, who recently moved there following her parents’ deaths in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Obsessed with Melissa’s culture, Fanny seeks out Melissa’s knowledge of voodoo to help solve her recent heartbreak. An attempt to rescue Voodoo from traditional racist stereotypes, director Bertrand Bonello’s film offers an intentional look at the legacy and perpetuation of colonialism today.


Friday, October 25


9:15 PM


PVCC Dickinson Center

Film Info

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Runtime: 103 min.

Year: 2019

Country: France

Language: French, Haitian, English

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Louise Labeque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort