In order to draw attention to the severe healthcare issues concerning Haiti, directors David Darg & Bryn Mooser have birthed Baseball In The Time Of Choleraa short documentary about Cholera and social crisis as seen through the eyes of a young baseball player. The movie also serves as a platform to inform viewers about UNDENY, an organized effort to end Cholera through clean water projects and advocacy. But, beyond the film’s “cute” facade lies the heavy accusation of United Nations “peacekeepers” and their involvement in perpetuating the Cholera outbreaks on the island. Local experts are convinced that the disease is a manmade epidemic. Unfortunately, we don’t need much convincing to believe them…
Alternative Canadianbased band, Arcade Fire, is scheduled to hold a talk over at The University of Texas on March 19th. The event will discuss the need for foreign aid and furthering help for the earthquakedevasted country of Haiti. In case some of you didn’t know, one of the band’s members, Regine Chassagne, is actually of Haitian descent. Her parents fled the dictatorship of François Duvalier during the 1960’s.
The following is a makeshift documentary of the devastation that took place during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Musician and producer, Wyclef Jean, and his associates dived headfirst into the mayhem to capture what the world had yet to see. It’s been two years since and the effects of the quake have rendered the country helpless still. The end of the video lists the harsh reality in numbers: 316K people perished, 300K injured, 1M orphaned children, and 1.2M homeless. Wyclef’s foundation Yelé continues to do what it can to offer relief. Don’t forget to support!
HipHop artist, Common, recently visited postearthquake Haiti. The trip was sponsored by Call + Response, an organization dedicated to connecting cultural leaders to the fight to end modernday slavery. The journey was documented as part of a joint effort with the CNN Freedom Project. Common and his peers breakdown the experience, the problems and how they all aspire to help change the reality of the Haitian people.
Dominican author/musician, Rita Indiana, has a knack for conveying powerful social commentary in very infectious (and effective) forms. Her latest video, Da Pa Lo Do, which roughly translates to “There’s Enough For Both,” takes on the controversial subject of Haitian/Dominican racial division. The visuals portray two young “soldiers” scurrying about the Caribbean countryside who are visited by a blackfaced (in good taste) Virgin Mary (played by Rita) and reminded of their unified roots. Very powerful!
Nearing the two year anniversary mark of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, a recent article in the New York Times reports of dwindling patience and sympathy for the impoverished country by its bordering neighbor, the Dominican Republic. The piece highlights how conditions in Haiti have deteriorated from bad to worse as health issues like cholera and a government stalemate have added to the country’s cocktail of setbacks. Add that to the fact that the general Dominican consensus blames Haitians for driving up crime and taking jobs, and sentiments appear to be bleaker than ever.
Considering last year’s devastating earthquake, the implications of Haiti’s architectural restoration are being carefully considered. One firm offering a sustainable option is Miami’s NCoffice, who’s modular housing model, very similar to traditional/feudal Japanese housing, has garnered the attention of investors. The proposed houses are 8 ft x 8 ft modules with a room as each module. The inside area is divided by a bathroom and kitchen core then a sleeping quarter and, lastly, a living and dining area. The “L” shape of the housing models allow them to be repeated, thus rendering them spacefriendly in small communities.
One of our República homies, Matthew Canton, is currently involved with a project for Haiti. Hands That Feed is his documentary about the agricultural collapse of the impoverished and earthquakestricken country. The film also follows the new breed of dynamic young adults that are leading a grassroots movement for sustainable agriculture there. Check out Matthew’s pitch video alongside Executive Producer, Joshua Levine. Then head over to their Kickstarter page to support!
The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) is holding a fundraser tonight from 6:309:30 to help provide sanitation, electricity and clean water to communities in Haiti and Guatemala.
On the island of the Dominican Republic, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armedguard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, most of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. “The Price of Sugar”, narrated by Paul Newman, follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.