Haitian Perspectives in Film
Five years ago, January 12th, 2010, Haiti was shattered by one of the world’s worst disasters. A 7.0 earthquake killed upwards of 300,000 people, disrupted Haiti’s already fragile infrastructure, and left hundreds of thousands without families, friends and homes.
In 2015 CSFilm is releasing 10 new films in our series Haitian Perspectives in Film. During an intensive training provided by Community Supported Film, Haitian civil society leaders, journalists and artists, used their local knowledge to produce 10 short films that provide a unique opportunity to experience Haiti as it is lived by street vendors, business women, artists, farmers and more. We are releasing their stories a few at a time over the next months.
Here are excerpts from the first three:
Owned and Occupied by Bichara Villarson, 1:47; Haitians are building earthquake safe housing efficiently and cost effectively. One Haitian organization and community show us what is possible with a little money and a lot of community input, ownership and participation.
Rubble by Robenson Sanon, 2:02; Artists use the trash that fills roads and rivers after rain storms, and pickings from the earthquake rubble that still remains in huge sections of the city, to comment on the failed infrastructure and recovery efforts;
Konbit by Steeve Colin, 1:39; Urban activists bring the rural Haitian tradition of the Konbit, shared labor, to the country’s most dangerous ghetto. Neighborhoods and youth, divided by gangs and extreme neglect, create urban gardens and clean up the slum through a locally-led participatory approach.
These films help ensure that Haitian experience informs the international conversation about the urgency of locally owned and implemented economic and social development.
Please put these films to good use. Contact CSFilm or Groupe Medialteratif to organize a screening and discussion.