Monday, January 25, 2010

Ciné Institute -- HAITI

Small miracles keep us going amidst the devastation left by Haiti's recent earthquake.

Along with reports of those who were pulled alive from the rubble, we can take heart in a story unfolding from Jacmel, where a group of aspiring young filmmakers survived the quake, dug up their video cameras from beneath the concrete, and began capturing their lives and communities (forever changed) from a much-needed Haitian perspective.

Pinchinat: Report by Keziah Jean from Ciné Institute on Vimeo.
Keziah Jean and her fellow video journalists are members of the Ciné Institute, a film education and media training center located in Haiti's cultural capital of Jacmel -- a city known for its natural beauty and thriving commerce in an otherwise poverty-stricken country. Now, like most of Haiti, Jacmel may never be the same.

A mere two weeks after the disaster, emergency aid remains the focus. But as we look towards Haiti's future, we encourage readers to share their thoughts on how to build a stronger nation in the wake of the disaster. (Note the New York Times' focus on potable water and Ciné Institute's field report from Jacmel, published on the same day...) How can we ensure that adequate health care, education, and economic growth rises from the rubble? And is it too early to ask how art, design, and social media can contribute to the effort?