January 19, 2010

Ciné Institute: Documenting Haiti

Cine Institute

Late last night, I received an impassioned email from Michelange Quay, a Paris based Haitian-American filmmaker with whom I've been friendly since his feature debut Eat, for This is My Body screened at New Directors/New Films in 2008:

Aaron, could I implore you to read about and mention my young film students in Haiti, from Ciné Institute, the country's only film school, and their efforts to document the tragedy and recovery since the earthquake? I'm trying to raise awareness in our media profession for them, our younger brothers down there, showing us that in the face of CNN etc's version, there is a human, patient, hopeful, sober reality to survival and solidarity in Haiti before and after this tragedy. Although they've lost family and friends, school, equipment, their films… their dreams... their first instinct was to pick up the one or two cameras left in the rubble and be of service with them. They prove that a camera can be a vital and noble thing. Please spread the word and get their story out. Sorry to disturb you with this.

Consider it done, Michelange. The clips—mostly shot from the southern coastal town of Jacmel—feature personal testimonies from the refugee camps and up-close-and-personal footage of the victims and damage rarely seen in other reports. To visit Ciné Institute's Vimeo channel directly, click here.

If you'd like to contribute to the Haiti relief efforts, the American Institute of Philanthropy has rated the nonprofit charities.

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Posted by ahillis at January 19, 2010 1:01 PM


these talented kids in Jacmel are an incredible and hopeful story amidst the devastation. thanks for spreading word.

Posted by: sami at January 19, 2010 2:46 PM
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