Dreams like paper boats

a film by

Haiti | 19' | 01/2024 | fiction

Edouard has been living in Port-au-Prince with just his daughter Zara for five years. Since his wife left, his daughter and him have only received a cassette from her, and that was a long time ago. After years of absence, what can we expect from a distant love?

Square Eyes - SFF24_Official_Selection_Laurel__Black
Square Eyes - SFF24_Official_Selection_Laurel__Black

Samuel Suffren


Samuel Suffren is a Haitian director and producer. He’s working on a short film trilogy about the American dream in Haiti. The first film Agwe was selected at Locarno and won the best diaspora film at FESPACO 2023. Des rêves en bateaux papiers is the second film. His feature documentary in development, Lòtbò, addresses the exile of his family in the United States and Canada. Je m’appelle Nina Shakira, selected at Open Doors Lab in Locarno, is his first fiction feature in development.


  • Dreams like paper boats (Des rêves en bateaux papiers) (2023)
  • Agwe (2022)
  • Survivre (2019)
Square Eyes - credit: Phalonne Pierre Louis
credit: Phalonne Pierre Louis


Director: Samuel Suffren
Screenplay: Samuel Suffren
Producer: Samuel Suffren
Executive Producers: Ruth Marcien
Cinematographer: Phalonne Pierre Louis
Sound Recording: Roodie Rigaud Marcelin
Sound Design: Pablo Dali Bonnely
Editor: Samuel Suffren
Composer: Daniel Larivière, Chorale Les Théophiles
Cast: Kenny Laguerre, Zaraina Ruth-Amma Suffren, Clorette Jacinthe


  • Sundance Film Festival, United States (18 – 28 January, 2024)
    Short Film Competition


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