Miryam Charles saw the films of Douglas Sirk dreaming to become a cinematographer. Later she saw films from Charles Burnett, Claire Denis, Souleymane Cissé and Ousmane Sembene aspiring to direct films.

From Haitian descent, Miryam studied Film Production at Concordia University. She produced and shot several shorts and feature films. She is the director of Fly, fly sadness (which has been shown at film festivals in New York, Scotland, Vienna, Spain and Montreal) and Towards the colonies (Imagine Science Film Festival 2016). Her films are a constant exploration of the repercussions of colonialism.

What is your interest at the intersection of sciences and film?

I make experimental films, there has to be scientific thinking involved. Both of my films examine the relation between traumas and memories.

There is a recurrence in the themes that I explore. Then again, I am not looking definitive answers (it’s always about the exploration, the process). I do question the impact of colonization, and the displacement of the identity always looking for a better future (without forgetting the past). The choice of Haitian subjects is about changing the gaze. I made it a mission. Being able to see (and show) my country in a different way.


Montreal, Canada

Selected Works