Pierre Huberson | USA/Guadeloupe | 2018 | French | 22 Minutes
ABOUT THE FILM
“Karukéra Blues” takes the audience on an immersive journey around the Islands of Guadeloupe, delving into the concept of “home” in a post-colonial society from a diasporic vantage. The film depicts customs and tradition seldom witnessed by foreign eyes. The narration guides the experience, shifting between poetry and social commentary, exploring the archipelago’s colonial heritage with its social and cultural ramifications.
Raised in Guadeloupe F.W.I., Pierre Huberson is an artist whose previous musical work has taken him to international stages from Paris to the islands of Cape-Verde, as well as the United States. His groundbreaking album, The Challenge (2007), with the group NOMADS was seeking to break down barriers between the French Antillean, Haitian, and Cape-Verdean communities. The three share most of the same colonial history and cultural heritage, and yet remain separate. His first solo effort, Coeur Caraïbe (2010), explores themes such as diasporic identity, spirituality, family, and the many faces of love. Pierre holds a Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell and a MFA in Media Arts from Emerson College. He has also been working as a Production Director for the past three years, transitioning from music to multimedia and live production. His first film is his most ambitious project to date: a documentary about Guadeloupe, titled “Karukéra Blues”. The film takes the audience on an immersive journey around the islands, contemplating “home” in a post-colonial society from a diasporic vantage.