Voices of Haitians on the Future of Haiti

Black is Back Coalition, Harlem Tenants Council,

Black Agenda Report a Harlem Anti-War Coalition Present:

Haiti: The Politics of Rebuilding

Faultlines, 2010, 23 min.

This short documentary looks at the politics of rebuilding Haiti just one month after the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010. With billions of dollars devoted to U.S. and UN-led aid efforts flooding the country, the decades-long debate about Haitian development has intensified in the wake of this most recent disaster. The film asks how aid money should be spent in reconstruction, and how reconstruction may or may not contribute to the goals of long-term growth and economic independence in Haiti.


Haiti: Six Months On

Faultlines, 2010, 23 min.

Made six months after the earthquake, the landscape of Port-Au-Prince remained (and still remains) virtually unchanged. Dominated by rubble and a rainbow patchwork of tents occupied by an estimated one and a half million displaced Haitians, most major reconstruction efforts are on hold. Inevitably, the government will award most contracts to foreign companies, creating a booming business out of disaster relief and reconstruction. Through conversations with people living in camps and informal settlements throughout Port Au Prince and the countryside, this film reveals the increased skepticism and hostility of Haitians when it comes to the efforts of politicians and NGOs post-disaster.


The Aid Scam in Haiti

Tony Savino and Kim Ives, 2010, 9 min.

A sobering look at Haiti earthquake “aid” and where its really going.


Panel discussion with Roger Leduc (KAKOLA: Haitian Coalition to Support the Struggle in Haiti), Marquez Osson (WBAI Radio, "Haiti: The Struggle Continues"), Ray LaForest and Colette Pean (December 12th Movement), Nellie Bailey (Harlem Tenants Council)  and others TBA.

Reception to Follow!

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Plunder: The Crime of Our Time

Danny Schechter, 2009, 100 mins.

Plunder is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter. The “News Dissector” explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.


Rezoning Harlem

Dir. Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, 2008, 40 mins.

Rezoning Harlem follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their legendary neighborhood and replace it with luxury housing, offices, and big-box retail. A shocking expose of how a group of ordinary citizens, who are passionate about the future of one the city's most treasured neighborhoods, are systematically shut out of the city's decision-making process, revealing New York City's broken public review system and provoking discussion on what we can do about it.


Panel with Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council. More speakers TBA.