Film Maker Mariette MonPierre






New York Times Critics Pick

Elza is the first narrative feature film by a female filmmaker from Guadeloupe, the West Indies. It tells the universal story of a family in turmoil. Elza is the first college graduate of the family but swiftly ruins her mother’s happiness by leaving Paris to return to Guadeloupe in search of a fleeting childhood memory and a father who abandoned her. This breathtaking film offers an insider’s view of a lush island culture, capturing the beauty and contradiction of this family drama with passion and perseverance. This compelling film offers hope for future generations of fatherless children. Filmed in French with English subtitles, the film also includes music from French neo-folk-soul artist Stévy Mahy.