Cine Institute Update (6/29/2011)

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

The Ciné Institute, which recently moved to a new campus five miles west of Jacmel, is devoted to developing Haitian film-makers.  During the first year, students are immersed in all aspects of filmmaking such as narrative, advertising, music videos and documentary.  In the second year, students specialize in screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, sound, editing or production design.  Recent clients include Arcade Fire, BET, Brandaid Project, Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti, The Clinton Foundation, Google, Medicos del Mundo, and USAID.  Below is an update from Founder David Belle and links to new films produced by Cine students. Read more »

Strange Things: PBS to Broadcast Documentary on Haitian Street Children

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Two years ago, we posted a blog about a documentary under development entitled Strange Things (Bagay Dwol).  Directed by Alexandria Hammond, Strange Things follows the lives of three street children in Cap Haitian over three years.  The film has since been completed and screened at dozens of film festivals.  An abbreviated version of the documentary entitled “Children of Haiti” will have its national broadcast premier Tuesday, January 11th, at 10:00 PM as part of the PBS Independent Lens Series.  It will include updates on the main characters and address challenges facing homeless children in post earthquake Haiti.    Read more »

Cine Institute Update (3/12/2010)

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, April 12, 2010.

The Cine Institute is Haiti's only film school.  Its students have produced everything from commericals to documentaries.  The Institute, which is in Jacmel, took heavy losses during the earthquake but continued to operate. The students produced video reports, assisted visiting journalists, and helped distribute relief supplies.  Click here to see video clips of the students in action and reporting on the earthquake's consequences for Jacmel.  As Annie Nocenti, a Cine Institute instructor puts it, "We were a film school until yesterday. Our new mission is to do recovery stories...hopefully stories of Haitians rebuilding."  Below is a thank you letter from the Institute to its partners.
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Strange Things Documentary: Street Kids of Haiti

By Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2008.
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The publicity surrounding Haiti's political instabilities and poverty are known to the media, yet the country's children are often missing from the images and minds of the world. Strange Things, a Hamm Production documentary, follows the lives of several orphaned, homeless and impoverished children in the streets of Cap-Haïtien. The documentary is an honest portrait, through the street kids' eyes, while describing their stories of survival. Interviews with local residents recount why and how over 300,000 of Haiti's children are left to survive poverty on their own. When you ask a child on the streets of Haiti "What's up?" they say "Bagay Dwol" - strange things.

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A Secondhand Blog: Used Clothes and Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, February 13, 2008.
We call them secondhand clothes, hand-me downs, or more likely donations.  Doesn't matter what you call them, all will be processed in the same way and wind up in ports throughout the developing world where entrepeneurial women will buy bales and take them back to their villages and cities to sell on streets or in markets.  Once in the Haitian markets, they become kennedys, dead men's clothes, or more generically, pepe (used merchandise).   In much of the developing world, second hand clothes have become the national dress.   Shell and Bertozzi explores the pepe phenomena in a documentary called "Secondhand."

A Film: The Chick Grant Foundation's project in Haiti

By Anonymous on Sunday, July 2, 2006.
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Arab Manje Koulev

By Matt Marek on Sunday, June 18, 2006.
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FilmAt its second showing in Haiti this past Wednesday evening about 50 some people showed up to watch the film ‘Un Certain Bord de Mer’ at MWEM, an experimental center for visual communication and the only place to catch a good flick in Port-au-Prince. A film by Haitian director Mario Delatour, ‘Un Certain Bord de Mer’ is unique in its subject, the migration of Arabs, from Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere to Haiti since 1866 and their role since then. Read more »

Jakmel Film Festival

By Matt Marek on Wednesday, July 20, 2005.
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One moonless inky night this week, 4,000 Haitians gathered along their town's waterfront, sat down and spent the next three hours lost in a large window of light.

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