A Conference about Haiti : Haiti Kids Kino Project

Re-Building Haiti

  • 5 March 2015 19:00
  • Société Jersiaise, Member's room Pïer Road (behind the Jersey Museum) Tel: 875 655
  • Af members : FREE! / Non members : £2
  • Conference

The earthquake strikes Haiti on 12th January 2010. Around 300,000 (3 times the population of Jersey) people will die, many more are injured and 1.6 million are made homeless. Two days later in a small independent artist led cinema in Bristol an email goes around proposing raising funds and sending out an emergency children’s cinema. “We will be living in survival conditions, but will be among the best people in the world: local kids and international volunteers.” The first group of travellers left for Haiti less than a month after the earthquake, in February 2010. Another two groups followed in 2011 and 2012. The teams ran film workshops and screened films to over 10,000 children on buildings, in tent communities and in rural Haiti.

Screenings were a variety of films mostly in French, some in Kreyol. One of the most popular ones was ‘The Red Balloon” – Albert Lamorisse (1956) set in post war Paris. I’d never seen a cinema audience jump to its feet and scream in delight, and to a 60 year old mostly silent film!

The trips were full of emotion - joy, stress, laughter, shock, and confusion. We were on an island that was once the most economically productive colony in the world, the home of the first successful colonial era slave rebellion, the world’s first black republic, and a country that had suffered at the hands of western governments, it’s own leaders, and now the forces of nature. Haiti - 80% Catholic, 16% protestant and 100% voodoo. Beautiful strong people, whose struggle continues.

GARY THOMAS AND GRAHAM HOGGE OF THE HAITI KIDS KINO PROJECT WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR TRIPS, SHOW FILMS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLAY SOUNDS.

CONFERENCE IN ENGLISH

A Conference about Haiti : Haiti Kids Kino Project