Sunday, January 23, 2011
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN See map
BOX OFFICE: (812) 323-3020
CONTACT: Kat Forgacs,


Scheduled to commemorate the anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, Bloomington’s first Haiti Film Festival will feature three documentaries by independent filmmakers and several short films by students of Haiti’s only professional film school. Several Indiana-based organizations will also be on hand to provide information about their ongoing service projects in Haiti.

Details :
The festival runs from 1:00-7:30pm with information booths from 2:30-7pm.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and seniors, $7.50 for general admission and are available at the Buskirk-Chumley box office : (812) 323-3020.

All admissions revenue will be donated to organizations working in Haiti to alleviate the humanitarian issues depicted in the films.

Schedule :
1:00pm — Doors open
1:30pm — Welcome remarks
1:40pm — Film screening and Q&A with Renee Bergan: “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy”
2:30-7:00pm — Info booths available in lobby
3:05pm — Film screening: Cine Institute short documentaries
4:05pm — Booth time / intermission
4:20pm — Film screening and Q&A: “When the Ground Stopped Shaking”
5:35pm — Film screening and Q&A with Alex Hammond: “Strange Things: Children of Haiti”
7:30pm — Event ends

Presented by : La Casa and Bloomington for Haiti

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

Information booths : Creole Institute, Provocate-Haiti, Fountains of Hope International, ImagineHaitian, Cultural Cannibals, Lifeline Christian Mission, The Moving Picture Boys, The Village Experience, St Malachy Haiti Committee, and more…

For more information on the films, visit:
Poto Mitan:
Ciné Institute:
When the Ground Stopped Shaking:
Strange Things:

Free talk:
“Documentary Filmmaking in Haiti: Directors’ Perspectives”
A brown bag lunch discussion with Directors Alexandria Hammond and Renée Bergan
Monday, January 24, 2011
Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN See map

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 5:35pm 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.

Also coming up, in Indy:
ICWA presents Purdue’s Eric Calais, the UN’s earthquake expert in Haiti
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Socializing and lubricating 5:30 PM, dinner 6:30 PM, talk 7:15 PM
Location: The Marten House Conference Center, 1801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 See map
Cost: $24/$30 (dinner), $3/$4 (talk only)*
More information: (317) 566-2036 or

The Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts a dinner talk by Prof. Eric Calais, Purdue geophysicist who is the world’s leading expert on Haitian seismology. Prof. Calais will have just returned from Haiti, so expect an update on that unfortunate country a year after the earthquake.

*Cost: The price of the dinner program for members is $24 and their guests, $30 for non-members. The public is welcome to attend the talk only portion of the program for $3 (members), $4 (non-members). Reservations should be made by calling (317) 566-2036 or via e-mail. Please send message to All e-mail reservations must have ‘ICWA Dinner Reservation’ as the subject and must contain all contact information including name of each attendee, address and telephone number.

Paul Hanson talks to the ICWA about “Rebuilding Haiti”
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
7:30-9 pm

Location: Butler University, Pharmacy Building, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208 See map
More information: (317) 595-0850 or

Paul Hanson, Professor of History at Butler University, speaks as part of the Indiana Council on World Affairs’s Great Decisions series. The January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti struck a country already suffering from widespread povertyand underdevelopment. Did this natural disaster inadvertently provide an opportunity for reassessment and planning a new Haiti? With presidential elections looming in early 2011, what can new leadership bring to restore the country?

For info about the ICWA Great Decisions series, contact Cathy Plump at 317-595-0850 or Janet Juster at

Provocate’s Amy King on Rebuilding Haiti
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Location: Church of the Saviour, 6205 Rucker Road, Indianapolis, IN 46220 See map
More information:

The January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti struck a country already suffering from widespread poverty and underdevelopment. Did this natural disaster inadvertently provide an opportunity for reassessment and planning a new Haiti? Will the results of the 2010 presidential elections provide the leadership bring to restore the country?

Part of the Great Decisions series offered by Church of the Saviour, Lawrence North High School, and Provocate. Open to all.



7 responses to “Events

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  3. I feel really proud that Bloomington for Haiti will organize several events to celebrate Haitian Heritage in September. However, I would like to suggest, may be for next year, to have these events during the month of May so all Haitians wherever they are can celebrate the same heritage month.


    • Thank you for your comment. Having celebrations in May or around Flag Day was discussed, but in Bloomington the student population leaves in early May and we wanted to provide programs for the campus community as well as the local community. Currently there are discussions to offer cultural and educational programs to occur throughout the school calendar year that would be open to both students and the public. Stay tuned.

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