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Guest Blog: Films on Haiti

concordia on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Guest blogger Boyce Richardson attended the CP Concordia screening of AYITI TOMA, and reflects on the film's emphasis on religion and culture.
Once again public transportation was working against us, but our numbers were still strong. This week we showed Aristide and the Endless Revolution, a movie about the political situation in Haiti over the past two decades. This was the kick-off event for Stockholm Haiti Week, a week of awareness about Haiti and fundraising for Red Cross relief efforts of the January earthquake that further devastated the country. More than ten student organizations came together in only a couple weeks to put these events together. If you think about how difficult the lives of the people of Haiti were a couple years ago, it's several times worse now, and they will be feeling the effects of this disaster for years to come. But there's hope from events like these and international aid organizations as Roger Annis, our featured Skype guest, so vividly explained to us. Roger is a member of the Canada Haiti Action Network and various other organizations and is on the forefront of what's going on in Haiti. Not only did he give us an update on the current situation, relating stories from the news and first-hand visits such as his last trip in August 2007, he also gave us some resources (homework assignments?) like Peter Hallward's book, Damming the Flood, to learn more about Haiti.

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