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A film by Elisee Junior St Preux

In the vibrant streets of Cap-Haïtien, a despondent young man embarks on a journey to reconnect with his estranged father. Accompanied by an inquisitive street kid, he races against time to share his father's parting words before it's too late. It is a surreal adventure that uses fantastical imagination to break generational toxic masculinity between a father-and-son. It explores mental health through a futuristic lens and insists on bringing vulnerability to the Haitian household.


If generational trauma can be passed down, so can generational healing

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The Tropic Sun and His Eyes will be filmed on location in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

We thank Hope Givers GA for believing in the project and fiscally sponsoring the film. They share our ground-floor approach to storytelling, and we are excited to work with them on bringing this story to life. We would love to have your support too. Please consider donating to the project and being part of our Tropic Sun community.

All donations are 100% tax deductible 

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Donor Incentives & Rewards

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A Haitian Father-and-Son Story

We rarely get to hear our fathers say “I love you”, and we rarely have the confidence to say it to them. In this film, we imagine a world of transparency and vulnerability. The vast majority of men believe that the primary role of the father is to provide financial support for the family and to endorse the concept of male dominance. But many times, the son just wants to be loved. There is more to this relationship than manly deeds, and we should be able to explore it out loud.


Haiti Meets Mental Health

In this story, we depict what it looks like to face your trauma head-on and what it feels like to be free of it. The film moves like silk as we walk through the stages of depression and anxiety that our protagonist faces. The audience will experience a roller coaster of emotions that transitions from jubilant to bleak in a matter of seconds. Everything is natural and grounded. My team and I are not interested in showing Haitian caricatures for entertainment purposes. In other words, this is not the version of Haiti the media portrays. We are interested in showing Haitians simply as humans.


We use surrealism to show how Ruben longs to emotionally connect to his father. We use fantastical imagination to render the highest form of nostalgia as the street kid exudes the exhilaration and purity of a child. We intentionally play with the notion of what is real and what is in the mind of our protagonist Ruben, to enhance the spiritual aura of the film. The version of Haiti we explore is a mixture of the one my people know and love, and the one we hope it
to be.

Haiti Meets Fantastical Imagination

Never again will I let my emotions control me

Media from our Location Scout

In June 2023, our team traveled to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, and scouted the land. We analyzed the terrain, strategized logistics, and evaluated sites for every scene. We spent time with locals and built relationships with artists, entrepreneurs, and officials. Most importantly, we connected with Haiti on a deeper level for our film and ourselves. 

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Our Tribe


Elisee Junior St Preux/


Elisee Junior St Preux is a Haitian-American Filmmaker born in Miami, FL. A self-taught artist and pure cinephile,
Elisee is the owner of the multimedia company "À La MODE Films", which uses storytelling to uplift the Black
community on and off the screen.

Elisee is a Hillman Grad Rising Voices fellow, a 53rd NAACP Image Awards nominee, a Sundance Ignite Finalist, an
ABFF HBO Short Film Award recipient, an NBAF Emerging Artist Horizon Award recipient, and a Netflix "Created By"
Fellow where he currently holds a script development deal to pen an original feature film with the studio.

Elisee is an Advisory Board member of the Morehouse Human Rights Film Festival, a brass musician, and a mental
health advocate. With a distinct style of vintage storytelling combined with modern cinema, Elisee's solemn goal is
to bear witness and share stories that reflect today, honor the past, and reimagine the future.

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Martina Joissaint/
Cultural Consultant


Martina Joissaint is a distinguished cultural consultant, translator, and producer. Born in Haiti, Martina infuses her native experiences with the nostalgic essence of Haiti. 

With a Master's in Global Strategic Communication, she is no stranger to human geography and international business. She is a scholastic student of the human experience and insists on bringing her profound cultural insights to the world of storytelling. Through various initiatives and a variety of industry settings, what sets Martina apart is her unwavering dedication to cultural inclusivity. Her extensive knowledge of Haitian culture is not confined to academic prowess; it is a deep-seated passion that she brings to life through every project. She is committed to sharing the beauty and richness of Haitian culture with a global audience, and her work is the cornerstone of this commitment.

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Dawit Z. Adera/
Director of Photography


Dawit Adera, a cinematographer born and raised in Ethiopia, has loved storytelling from an early age.

He began making documentary and narrative films as a young adult and since then he has had works recognized in prominent film festivals including finalist on one of the top cinematographer festival Camera image.

Dawit is now based in the Los Angeles area and graduated from American Film Institute with an MFA in cinematography. Dawit has a passion for making meaningful films with thought-provoking endings.

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Dads are like trees. You look up to them no matter how tall you grow. They're the sun in our familial sky.   

Building a Filmmaking Ecosystem in Haiti

The Tropic Sun and His Eyes movie is rooted in empowering Haitian artists with unique voices, strong perspectives, and the desire to share stories on a global scale. Through this production, we have scouted aspiring filmmakers to gain hands-on experience and tangible resources in the hope of creating their own films in the near future. We will be working with creatives as young as 8yrs old. Our resources are their resources. We are excited to grow with these storytellers and cultivate lifelong friendships! By supporting this project, you are also supporting their career.

Meet the Apprentices in Haiti for Aspiring Filmmakers

Jean Oscar


Jameson Thermitus


Ketlain Difficile




Jonathan Destine


The Sun represents the light we dream of. His Eyes represent the light we have. 

Kenbe la!

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