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Children of Haiti Documentary on PBS, January 11th, 2011

January 5, 2011

Its been a while since I have talked about the children and tonight I am making time out to discuss a bit about the situation and the documentary film Children of Haiti, which was formerly called Strange Things.

The documentary will premier for the first time on television in the United States at 10pm on PBS.  The past couple of years of work have led to one particular question “when am i going to see the film”?  Alexandria Hammond, Director, and I are proud to finally be able to answer.  Whether you know us or not, whether you know about the depth of our commitment to Haiti and our work on behalf of Haitian children, or how much love and how organic the process of this film has been- this is the time to watch.  Our small team of three people, which includes Eric Lahey, have finally reached a place where we have not pushed but instead the universe has offered a space for us to share this powerful piece of work at a time when the Children of Haiti matter the most.

When you see the children telling their stories, traveling through their city, and taking you on the journey of their lives over the course of several years there is one thing to keep in mind: why did they get there and how?

Much of the work that I have dedicated my time to with Richard Morse and the villagers of Bar Gormand answers that question.  The issues surrounding unaccompanied/orphaned children in Haiti have more to do with economics and education than anything else.  At the root of all of these children are their families and whether the families give them to others in the cities for a better life or the children have to pave their own way by taking to the streets themselves, what is of utmost importance is the fact that their support system is weakened and cannot sustain them.  When you see pictures of the farmers and the villagers it is for the children, when you see us trying to unblock a river so that farmers can grow their crops and increase their production it is for their children and their community.  When you see us providing workshops and being careful with the pace of the work so that it remains community developed it is for the future of the development of the community by the community and by the future community leaders who are the children.

We are excited to share this news with you and as always we have to thank RAM, Emeline Michel and DBR for believing in this work and lending us their energy through music to complement the small voices that many never get a chance to hear.

This special screening includes updates post earthquake with the children and also with several officials from the government, UNICEF, and children recently unaccompanied and orphaned by the earthquake.  We’re here to tell thier story and to keep Haiti relevant by facilitating the voice of the children, sharing it with the world, and promoting local organizations that focus on community development and the reintegration of children back to their families and communities.  As much as anyone helps it is important to note that if the children cannot go home, where will they go and who will they be?  What families will give their children up next?

We’re here for the long run and are very excited to share the beginning of a life long journey with you on January 11th at 10pm on PBS.

Fore more information please visit the Independent Lens website by clicking here.

Much Love and Light to you all!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 2:01 pm

    Will the documentary be shown in Haiti any time soon?

    • January 5, 2011 10:38 pm

      I hope so…currently working on a plan to bring discussion and community screenings to Haiti. Tx for the support!

  2. Sally permalink
    January 7, 2011 8:51 am

    Is the film still available for screening in movie theaters? I’d still like to have it shown in Key West!

  3. Milena Sampaio permalink
    January 12, 2011 5:23 am

    Magnificent documentary! Congrats for all of you who built it. Every day must be a better day, step by step and for that must of all THANK YOU for your work!

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