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Jean-René Rinvil, Director, St. Clair Bourne’s Screening 2021

  Jean-René Rinvil, Director

Jean Rene RinvilJean-René Rinvil is an award-winning video producer, director and editor with a Master of Fine Art in Television, Film, and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He has over 18 years of professional experience developing several forms of media for a variety of industries (i.e., Healthcare organizations, Broadcasting, Non-Profit, Online Publication and Universities). He is strongly committed to creating films that interest a worldwide audience. This is particularly evident in his current project, “Healing A Nation” – Twoub Mantal a documentary on Mental Health in the Haiti. Throughout the span of his professional life, he has accumulated a number of accolades for his work. These accolades include; An Official Proclamation presented by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Bergen County, New Jersey 2021. A Congressional Certificate presented by the Bergen County 5th Congressional District of New Jersey 2021.

This film "Healing A Nation" has been screening a many film festival globally and has won best documentary at the Ciudad the Mexico International Film Festival 2020. Best documentary at the Bergen County Film Festival, 2020. Best documentary at the Black Star International Film Festival, Ghana 2020. Furthermore, Jean-René had a review of his well-juried Culture Clash film in the Video Librarian Magazine, April 2018. https://videolibrarian.com/reviews/documentary/culture-clash

This same film, "Culture Clash", was among films at the 2018 American Psychology Association Convention. He has participated in numerous panel discussions, public film events, mentored student and indie filmmakers. He recently co ‐producing several video interventions for “Krik Krak: Mental Health for Pregnant Haitian Teens”, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Culture Clash

In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month and Juneteenth, BADWest presents its first St. Clair Bourne 4th Monday Free Documentary Screening virtual experience with the documentary film Culture Clash directed by Jean-Rene Rinvil. The film is a celebration of the African Diaspora culture and resilience in this historic month.

Filled with riveting interviews of first generation born and raised Caribbean immigrants and the challenges they face in holding to their family heritage while embracing American culture. One of the challenges children of immigrants face in America is translating for their parents and having to grow up too soon.

The emphasis of Culture Clash features how well young people meld into their new American identity and what contributions Caribbean American make to American society. Second-generation children often come into conflict with their immigrant parents because they adopt more of American culture and break away from the tradition of their parents. The Caribbean Diaspora viewpoint of second-generation immigrants caught in a ‘Culture Clash’. Immigrant communities have stayed in closer communication with their homelands through cable and satellite television and the internet. While this makes it possible for the second generation to retain a stronger ethnic identity, at the same time, social media, movies and WhatsApp create a powerful homogenizing force, pulling the children of immigrants in two different directions.