As a Haitian-American still learning and researching Haiti’s history. I’m always drawn to watching documentaries about my country. A couple of days ago I stumbled upon this new documentary by two filmmakers, one who is Haitian-German.
The one hour and 14-minute documentary which is available to watch in English, Kreyol, Deutch, Spanish and French was shot prior to the 2010 earthquake focus on Haiti’s history, the people, culture, political background, the education system, Bill Clinton’s Devil’s Bargain on rice and many more.
A unique road trip. An unprecedented, genuine portrait of Haiti.
Filmed in Cap-Haitien, Hinche, Port-au-Prince and Petit Goave in 2008, two years before the devastating earthquake – world food prices were dramatically increasing and an UN peacekeeping mission was going on. The film is a record of pre-earthquake Haiti.
In Haiti follows the two filmmakers and friends, Florian Wiesner and Fabian Bohnet-Waldraff on a month-long road trip through the island. During their journey, they get immersed in the different and complex aspects of Haitian reality. Instead of focusing on the usual poverty/violence topics seen in the mass media, the filmmakers present a colorful and deeper picture of the country and its people. The movie is also about road stories, improbabilities, impressions, and anecdotes.
Some of the issues explored by this documentary are The school and health system, the causes of deforestation and food insecurity. An insight is also given on the history of the country and the voodoo religion. – source
About the Filmmakers:
Florian was born in Haiti from a Haitian mother and a german father. He grew up in the Caribbean and in central America. He earned in 2010 a master degree in biology from the university of Freiburg. Florian specialized in Plant physiology and stem cells. After the Haitian earthquake, he worked in Haiti with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations providing humanitarian assistance. “In Haiti” is Florian’s first documentary film. He is currently working in Laos, making Videos about sustainable forest management for “The Forest Trust”.
Fabian just finished his diploma degree in theoretical physics, and will start a PhD soon. He has backpacked in many countries, however, he describes his Haitian trip as the most intense and memorable journey of his life.
In Haiti – The movie.
In Haiti- Fim nan
In Haiti – Le film.
In Haiti- La película
This movie is definitely a reminder of where we are as a country, how much work is still needed and how much things have changed since 2010.
To watch in other languages and learn more about the film, visit their site here.