CSFilm News and Views Monthly: Haitian Perspective in Films, Premiere Boston Screening and Discussion, April 7th
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Haitian Perspectives in Film: Premiere Screening & Discussion:

Tuesday April 7th, 2015, 7pm – 9pm
Jamaica Plain Forum, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

Admission is free.  Click here for directions and parking information

In a climate where mainstream American media typically reports international news from an American perspective and with a focus on disaster and crisis, can local stories help us to better understand foreign events, diverse cultures and people’s complex realities?

We think they can and have 10 brand new Haitian-made documentary films to do just that. We invite you to join us at their Boston premiere to watch and discuss a selection of them!  The ten short films, gathered in the collection Haitian Perspectives in Film, was produced by Haitian women and men who participated in an intensive 5-week training conducted by CSFilm in 2014.

CSFilm founder and director Michael Sheridan will present a selection of these films and will discuss how stories told by Haitians themselves can augment our understanding of Haiti’s post-earthquake relief efforts and provide a chance for us to experience Haiti as it is lived by Haitian street vendors, business women, artists, and farmers.

Going beyond disaster reporting, these films seek to include the experiences and points of view of Haitians in the international conversation about what has and has not happened since the 7.0 earthquake 5 years ago.  The films will also be used to increase dialogue and influence public policy internationally and in Haiti regarding effective foreign aid and sustainable development. 

We hope you can join us or sign up to receive information about future screenings.

Organize a Screening:

Organize a screening and discussion of the soon to be released Haitian Perspectives in Film.  Email to learn more.

DVDs available soon. Pre-order NOW! 
Order a DVD online or send a check to Community Supported Film, 31 Lenox Street, Boston, MA 02118. Please write "HPF-DVD" in the memo of your check. DVDs cost $25 for private use and home screenings, and $250 for institutional use and public screenings, plus $3 shipping.
Watch excerpts from three of the Haitian-made films:
Owned and Occupied by Bichara Villarson, 1:47; Haitians are building earthquake safe housing efficiently and cost effectively. One Haitian organization and community show us what is possible with a little money and a lot of community input, ownership and participation.
Up from the Rubble by Robenson Sanon, 2:02; Artists use the trash that fills roads and rivers after rain storms, and pickings from the earthquake rubble that still remains in huge sections of the city, to comment on the failed infrastructure and recovery efforts; 
Cleaning and Greening the Ghetto by Steeve Colin, 1:39; Urban activists bring the rural Haitian tradition of the Konbit, shared labor, to the country’s most dangerous ghetto. Neighborhoods and youth, divided by gangs and extreme neglect, create urban gardens and clean up the slum through a locally-led participatory approach.

Issues and Analysis

On the Media Economic and Social Development Haiti Afghanistan
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