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“I like the fact that they use Haitian actors. They’re very elegant in the use of our language,” says Charles Roudo, a 53-year-old janitor at Capitol Theater in downtown Port-au-Prince.

But some are not so optimistic about the industry’s future. Piracy robs filmmakers of earnings. And the Haitian Filmmakers Association is calling for improved professional standards, warning that bad lighting and stiff acting will eventually turn off moviegoers.

“Unless we start making better movies technically … Haiti’s film industry could die in the womb,” says Mr. Antonin, who would like to see a film school open in Haiti to train the next generation of filmmakers. “We have the talent, we just need the tools.”