Haiti is a creative, vibrant and ultimately unique country. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Haitian arts. The Jacmel Film Festival has proven itself to be one of Haiti's premiere cultural events, both exposing young Haitians to a new medium for and showing visitors a new side of Haiti. Even if you can't attend the Festival, you can now read the Jacmel Journals online. The website states, "Jacmel Journals are regularly updated photo and video reports produced by FFJ students...these on-line video and photo blogs further community accountability and dialogue, while providing continued on-the-job learning opportunities for aspiring documentarians and storytellers." If you like the journals, let them know and consider making a donation to support Haiti's up and coming film-makers.
Jacmel Film Festival
Haiti is a beautiful anomaly at the heart of the crossroads formed by Africa, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Michelene Quay, Director of "Eat, This Is My Body", took first prize for at the Miami International Film Festival. She notes that Haiti's very existence confounds the notion of what Latin America is. Above all, Haiti is unique and its art, music, and film reflect this. You can view the trailer here.