Saturday, April 17, 2010

International Films and Natural Disasters

As we prepare for Cannes, let's hope no more volcanoes or earthquakes disrupt our plans. 

Right now, perhaps it's time to remember those who are less fortunate than we are with our grave concerns of our upcoming travel to Cannes .  Let's remember Haiti and take a brief look at some recent work out of their Cine Institute students who were already creating short documentaries when producer Douglas Arrowsmith asked them to produce a series of collected works for Canada. The students created a range of short films with a raw power and access that only Haitians filming Haitians can obtain: a little girl helping doctors in a tent camp; surgeons working in difficult conditions; the agony of losing loved ones; the joy of rescuing those trapped under the rubble, the trials of the handicapped after the quake; and the fight to save the historic buildings… The series premiered on on April 12 2010, the three month anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

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