MPAH is pleased to announce that filmmaker Rachelle Salnave will receive the MPAH 2017 Prix d’Excellence Award on October 29th at the Lantana in Randolph, MA.

rachelleBio Rachelle Salnave

Rachelle Salnave has balanced an extensive range of professional experiences. In a 10-year span, her documentary “Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream” won “Best Documentary” at the 2010 African World Documentary Film Festival in St. Louis, Missouri and was featured in the 2011 National Urban League Conference focusing on gentrification.

Salnave’s short documentary “The Haitian Guantanamo Bay Experience: The Legal Journey” was selected for the online exhibit, “Guantanamo Public Memory Project” spearheaded by Columbia University. After completing a Master’s degree in Motion Pictures at the University of Miami in May of 2014, she developed Ayiti Images, which is a film series showcasing Haitian films and its directors, traveling throughout South Florida creating forums to better explore the Haitian experience. In March 2015, The General Consulate of the Republic of Haiti in Miami nominated Salnave with the “Beacon of Hope and Achievement” award. Sundance Institute has selected Salnave as the 2015 Screenwriters Intensive Fellow.

Salnave traveled to Guatemala and created a short documentary, The Heavenly Nut Story, which looks at one family’s mission to save the environment by planting macadamia nut trees. She has recently been nominated for a 2016 Emmy for her feature documentary, “La Belle Vie: The Good Life,” which examines her Haitian identity.

Rachelle Salnave serves as an Adjunct Film Professor at Miami Dade College & Broward College.