Haiti Film Festival schedule (January 23-24, 2011)

La Casa and Bloomington for Haiti present

Haiti Film Festival
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington IN

All proceeds support Haiti relief efforts.

Festival Schedule

1:00pm Doors open

1:30pm Welcome remarks

1:40pm Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009, 50 minutes, dir. Mark Schuller and Renée Bergan)
2:40pm Q&A with Co-Producer/Co-Director/Director of Photography/Editor Renée Bergan

Told through the lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan personalizes global struggles for fair employment. Each woman’s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti. Poto Mitan focuses on women’s subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance. Initiated by the subjects themselves, Poto Mitan aims to inspire solidarity and activism to end injustice in the global economy. (A 2010 update film will be shown at 5:15pm.) Learn more at www.potomitan.net.

3:05pm A selection of films by students of the Ciné Institute, Jacmel, Haiti (2010, 43 minutes)*

*Please note: Although every effort has been made to select films adaptable to any audience, due to the nature of these films some scenes may not be suitable for all viewers.

“Ciné Institute Students Efforts”
“A Day in the Life of Ciné Institute”
“Student Lesly Décembre reports from a makeshift refugee camp in Jacmel”
“DR Arrives”
“Stories of Heroes”
“Carnival Mask Artisans”
“Silent March”
“Crying Man”
“Scouts After the Earthquake”
“Chana”
“Look at Me”
“We are the World_Thank You”

The Ciné Institute is a fully-funded professional film school providing Haitian youth with film education, training, and micro enterprise opportunities. The Ciné Institute seeks to empower its students to create a vibrant Afro-Francophone film industry targeting audiences in Haiti, its diaspora, and beyond. After the earthquake, Ciné students quickly mobilized to document the stories of people in their community. For more information on the student filmmakers, please visit www.cineinstitute.com.

4:00pm Brief intermission

4:15pm When the Ground Stopped Shaking (2010, 42 minutes, dir. Jace Freeman)*
www.whentheground.com / www.themovingpictureboys.com

When the Ground Stopped Shaking is a film about the beauty and frailty of human life. It is a film about solidarity and the belief that all of the world’s children are of the same family. It is a film about hope and faith. Faith that even when the very foundation of your life may give way under your feet, a persevering heart can never be shaken.” –Jace Freeman

*Please note: This film contains medical scenes that may be upsetting to some viewers.

5:07pm Trailers and videos (16 minutes)

“The Country Club” (2010, 2:04, trailer, dir. Jace Freeman)

The Country Club is a powerful new film about daily life in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp run by Sean Penn in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Learn more at www.thecountryclubfilm.com.

“Haiti’s Heroes” (2010, 3:22, trailer, dir. Ciné Institute students)*

Haiti’s Heroes is an intimate portrait of Dr. Dubique Kobel and his team who operate a Partners in Health medical clinic in the largest refugee camp of post-quake Haiti. His journey began the day of the earthquake, when he, his wife, and childhood friends set up a tent in their neighborhood to treat victims. View the complete short film online at www.abundancefound.org/film-and-music.

“Poto Mitan Update” (2010, 10:22, dir. Mark Schuller and Renée Bergan)*

The filmmakers return to Port-au-Prince to learn how the women featured in Poto Mitan have fared since the 2010 earthquake.

*Please note: These films contain a few brief images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

5:30pm Brief intermission

5:40pm Strange Things: Children of Haiti (2010, 73 minutes, dir. Alexandria Hammond)
7:00pm Q&A with Director/Producer/Camera operator/Editor Alexandria Hammond

Strange Things follows three teenage boys from Cap-Haïtien – Denick, a prolific and charming 14 year old; Nickenson, a tough but sensitive 16 year old; and Antoine, an energetic paint-thinner abuser – who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance. For more information, visit www.strangethingsmovie.com.

Information booths by:
IU Creole Institute www.indiana.edu/~creole
Imagine Haitian www.imaginehaitian.org
Fountains of Hope International fountainsofhope.org
Cultural Cannibals culturalcannibals.com
Lifeline Christian Mission www.lifeline.org
St Malachy Haiti Committee www.saintmalachyparish.org/special/haiti/haiti_home.html
Global Gifts www.globalgiftsindy.org
Hoosiers for Haiti https://donate.pih.org/page/outreach/view/earthquake_group/Hoosiers
Lifeline Christian Mission www.lifeline.org
Dr. Doug Harty www.fromtheroof.org
The Timmy Foundation www.indiana.edu/~timmyfc
International Sports Alliance www.internationalsportsalliance.org
The Moving Picture Boys www.themovingpictureboys.com

Special thanks to our sponsors:
La Casa, Provocate-Haiti, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Maurer School of Law, IU Cinema, Nadine Pinede and Erick Janssen, Department of History, School of Education, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Creole Institute, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Micheline Fleurant

La Casa, CLACS, and Bloomington for Haiti present

“Documentary Filmmaking in Haiti: Directors’ Perspectives”
A brown bag lunch discussion with Directors Alexandria Hammond and Renée Bergan

Monday, January 24, 2011
11:30am-1:00pm
Indiana Memorial Union Walnut Room, 900 E 7th St, Bloomington IN

Join us for an extended Q&A with the directors of two documentaries screening at the Haiti Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater :

Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Renée Bergan, Co-Producer/Co-Director/Director of Photography/Editor
Screening at 1:40pm on Sunday, January 23

Strange Things: Children of Haiti
Alexandria Hammond, Director/Producer/Camera/Editor
Screening at 5:40pm on Sunday, January 23

Ms. Hammond and Ms. Bergan will answer questions about the documentary filmmaking process, their advocacy work in Haiti, and the effects of the 2010 earthquake on the people and groups depicted in their films. Previous knowledge of the films not required.

This event is free and open to the public.

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