Madame Pipi
2021
Synopsis:
Madame Pipi follows the lives of Haitian Female bathroom attendants working in the nightclubs in Miami. Relatively invisible, underpaid and under-appreciated, their stories leave behind a journey of triumph as they massage the patron's temperaments for tips. Despite the rising cost of living and now the uncertainty of COVID-19 shutting down nightlife, their remittances given through tips coupled with the larger contribution from the Haitian Diaspora fuels one third of the GDP in Haiti.
Filmmakers:
Rachelle Salnave
Director, Writer, Producer
Rachelle Salnave is a talented filmmaker currently based in South Florida who for the past 20 years has focused her lens on the Black Global experience. The first of a handful of filmmakers to document the gentrification of Harlem, Salnave’s documentary works include capturing the Haitian Guantanamo Bay Experience, Macadamia Nut planting experiments in Guatemala and spotlighting Haitian identity, which landed her an Emmy nomination for her film La Belle Vie: The Good Life, in 2016. Sundance Institute has selected Salnave in their first Miami Screenwriters Intensive Fellowship program in 2015. In 2017, Knight Foundation honored Salnave as a “Knight Champion” leader for her cinematic programming, Ayiti Images and Black Lounge Films.
Jayme Gershen
Cinematographer, Producer
Jayme Gershen is a Florida-based multimedia documentary and fiction storyteller. She studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Miami International University, receiving a BFA in photography, and has worked on commercial and documentary projects around the world. Her short film SIX DEGREES OF IMMIGRATION won a 2019 Emmy and appeared on NY Times Op Docs.