Marie Michael Library

Title

Hush of Silence - The Haiti Project: St. Jules in His Garden of Yams

Length

55 min.

File No

079b

Format

DVD

Description

St. Jules is planting yams. He explains to the agricultural worker why he plants yams in a mixed crop and the other choices his yam cultivation implies. He describes many features of his field, his farm, and his locality, and paints a detailed picture of the technical and social aspects of the agrarian situation he knows first hand.
One of a series of 4 videos which record peasant life in Haiti in the mid 1980s. They demonstrate the complex indigenous knowledge of the peasants and some of the conflicts and tensions between the indigenous systems and the overall state and "modern" production techniques.