Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | February 28, 2015

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti 2015 Blog 1– Fundraiser Series

Performers: The Peace Poets, Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree and Ayiti Rising, Spiritchild.

We would like to thank all those who have touched this Project, it has been a long journey and will continue as the Reconstruction continues. A lot of people have contribute to this ongoing feature film documentary and ongoing Digital Interactive Project.

1st Production Trip

Network donation 2000

Catharina DeRuyter — ongoing support silent Executive Producer
Calvert Francis — ongoing support 600 Dollars
Audrey Huntley– 75 Dollars
David James Fernandez and Nrinder Nann— 100 Dollars

Diner En Noir
April 2012

Michel Dessources Jr – Photographer
Adrian Worrell – Writer
The Movement Project –collective donation ( 5000 )
Positive Vibes- Mindspace – Tracey Hayes – 300 (alchohol)
Gold Coast Godess – Decor
Emile Francis – Chef Services
Motu Awogebade – Event Manager
Nadine Adrian Alice – Door and Media
Ilene Sova- Live Painter (Seraphine Legend)
Jennifer McKinley- Volunteer
Deejay Nana- Deejay
Newton DjNs Jean-jacques Deejay
Dj – Gadget DeeJay
Justin Trencio – Equipment Donation

Thanks to all the people whom came through we made 300 dollars.

Vee – 100 dollars
Tyronne Maxey – 250 dollars
Marque – 20 dollars
Kemba King – 30 dollars
Danielle Smith- 10 dollars
Kelly Fraser- 25 dollars

January 29th Fundraiser: Toronto

Unit 2 (Nicholas Murr, Rosina Kazi ) Space Donation
Firm Grape – Wine Sponsor
Shana McCalla – Roots Reggae Radio

Thanks to all the people whom came through we made 220 dollars.

February 3rd, Fundraiser Send off: Brooklyn

Bed-vyne Brew – Space Donation
Paintings (Haitian Art) on Auction
Donated Vinyl from Sony, OutKast, Sade, Naz
Live Painting – Auction (Seraphine by Ilene Sova)

Thanks to all the performers and all those who came through we made 700 dollars.

Online Campaign

Jennifer Gonzalez 25 dollars
Barrie Cline 25 dollars
Juana Gutierrez – 15 dollars

Please pass on the project we still need support. Thanks you and mesi anpil.

Malinda Francis (Co-Producer/Director, Camera, Editor)

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti

http://thediasporatravelshaitil.wordpress.com

Haitian Resilience and Reconstruction.
Travel stories from the Black, Caribbean and African Diaspora
a docuvixen film, acd media and Anacoana Motion Pictures.

We still need your support: To our efforts on the ground and support for the Documentary Film and Interactive Digital Project :
Go Fund Me http://www.gofundme.com/thediaporatravels
Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-diaspora-travels-haiti-2nd-trip/x/69306

Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | February 21, 2015

For Immediate Release: The Diaspora Travels: Haiti Pitch for your Support

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Diaspora Travels returns to Haiti four years later, to continue to their working in exploring Haitian and Haitian Diasporic driven initiatives after the Earthquake, we are here for the second time. Our first trip was in February 2011, and now we are back doing follow up interviews in Port au Prince as well spending most of our time in Jacmel following the Earthship inspired build Community Centre, Amphitheatre and School Build called Sa-K-la-ka-Wel (means: If you survive it, you will see it) in the Oban, Community in Jacmel, Haiti.

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The Diaspora Travels: Haiti The aim of the feature documentary film and digital interactive project is to explore Haitian and Haitian Diasporc reconstructions projects after the Earthquake (January 12th, 2010) to counter the mainstream media’s portrayal of Haiti which often leaves out the local story and omits the rebuilding efforts of Haitians are doing themselves to rebuild. The film explores Haitian Resilience and asks the question how do your rebuild when 300,000 people die in a moment. For full back ground on the project please go to https://thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com

Diaspora Travels in is a collaborative project between a docuvixen film (Malinda Francis), Alliance of Conscious Documentarians (ACD Media) (Oja Vincent), and Anaconda Motion Pictures (Michel Dessources Jr), just joining the team is Shana McCalla is Salem Script Productions as another producer.  As well as Vanissa Chan also apart of (ACD Media) in the Production Office as well as Photographer/Illustrator.

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Anacaona Motion Pictures

 

Since January 12, 2010 Earthquake, which was the biggest show of international support ever in history globally we have since seen the majority of billion dollars of foreign aid has  evaporated into the non-profit industrial complex. This is how Haiti has become know as the “the Nation of NGOs.”

The movement for sustainable living has become ever more urgent. Here in Haiti they say Haitians pay to be in darkness, the average being 5 hours a day or every other day, as well a gas prices have been going up, probably the only place in this Hemisphere, making life for Haitians very hard.  This makes movement towards Environmental and Social Justice one in the the same. This lack of access to energy for Haitians makes solar and sustainable energy very urgent.

The majority of the 13 billion dollars of foreign aid has evaporated by the non-profit industrial complex and haven’t made it to the ground, so all the grassroots organizations we work with there are no salaries given to Foreign Workers this is done strategically to prevent corruption.  All money is spent locally all resources are brought directly to the ground, if there is foreign participation, usually though paid volunteer positions which then is funnelled back into the local economy.

In Haiti they say Haitians pay to be in darkness, the average is having power 5 hours of day, to every other day for the average Haitian, which makes solar energy every more crucial to be made accessible to Haitians. This makes the movement towards Environmental Justice and Social Justice one and the same.  This movement it is direct challenge to “Disaster Capitalism” (illustrated by author Naomi Klein) directly on the ground in Haiti. Earthship Biotecture  Humanitarian builds, including the one here in Haiti works through participatory construction gives training directly to Haitians, and breaks conventional notions of who can build.

270197_546213655389086_210755263_nThe Community Build of Sa-k-la-k-wel  is in the Oban, Jacmel Community that is taking place is collaboration between Sa-K-la-k-Wel http://sa-k-la-k-wel.org/ ,Indy Convergence Haiti http://www.indyconvergence.org/haiti/ and Ayiti Ini/Haiti Uni/United Haiti http://www.ayitiini.wordpress.com/. The collaborations work on the principal (If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because you liberation is bound up with up was mine, then let us work together.”LW).

Sa-K-La-K-Wel lost their rented space so the Earthship inspired Build is a space where collaboration and space to skill share between Haitian and International artists, coaching and educators. There has been english and music classes, along with a Football (soccer) team and dojo. Dieudonne Cyprien the Executive Director of the school, a Haitian who donated his families’ land and Robert Negron who is the International Liaison for Artist Collaborations both say that it is urgent for the Amphitheatre and School get constructed so hat collaborations can begin agin.  In Feb-March of 2014 the crew laid the foundation down and this year Feb-March 2015 the second stage of the build where the Amphitheatre, seating and on class room is going up.

Earthship Inspired Build - Amphitheatre:School

Diaspora Travels is also seeking support for their portion of the Build as well as supplies, such a tools, boots for volunteers. To donate directly please go to our Go Fund Me and give directly to the work done on the ground.  (http://www.gofundme.com/thediaporatravels) You can give also to the production of the feature documentary, The Diaspora Travels: Haiti the film, and our ongoing work in Haiti with the digital interactive project which is an ongoing mapping of Haitian and Haitian Diasporic Restruction Projects, please go to IndieGoGo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-diaspora-travels-haiti-2nd-trip).

 

Indy Convergence Haiti

 

Here is our Video Pitch for your support:

 

Thank you to all who already supported and continue to support the project. “Men anvil chat pa lou” (Many Hands Make the load Lighter.)

Don’t hesitate to ask for more information on how to get involved and other ways you can support. If you have any media inquiries, please contact: Shana McCalla at thediasporatravelshaiti@gmail.com, or salemscriptproductions@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
The Diaspora Travels: Haiti Crew
https://thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com

Malinda Francis (Producer, Co-Director)
https://thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com

 

Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | February 13, 2015

For Immediate Release: The Diaspora Travels: Haiti 2nd Trip

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Diaspora Travels returns to Haiti four years later. It has been a journey being able to return to Haiti for the second time. Our first trip was in February 2011, and now we are back doing follow up interviews in Port au Prince, as well spending most of our time in Jacmel following the Earthship inspired build Community Centre, Amphitheatre and School build called Sa-k-la-ka-wel, in the Oban, community, in Jacmel Haiti.

 

Production in 2011

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Our first trip was a year after the Earthquake February 2011 in Port au Prince where Malinda Francis, Oja James Vincent and Michel Dessources Jr from New York touch down in Haiti to interview Haitians affected by the Earthquake in the Displacement Camps, also stayed in the communities of Fonds Parisien and Leoguane.

 

Collaborative Project

Diaspora Travels is a collaborative project between a docuvixen film 1553461_10151884571253595_1466806675_o (Malinda Francis), Alliance of Conscious Documentarians (ACD Media) (Oja Vincent), and Anacoana Motion Pictures (Michel Dessources Jr). The aim of this feature documentary film and digital interactive project is to explore Haitian and Haitian Diasporic reconstruction projects after the Earthquake (January 12th, 2010), to counter the mainstream media portrayal of Haiti which often leaves out the local story and omits the rebuilding efforts of Haitians doing themselves to rebuild.

 

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Organizations during the first Trip

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We interviewed organizations with Foundation Maurice Sixto, Institute of Justice and Democracy In Haiti, Mario Joseph. Marita Marisine who arrived shortly after the Earthquake and quickly brought Earthship Biotecture crew to Haiti where 30 Haitian interns where trained through survival model to Haiti.  Interns who got trained in the Earthship Build, such as Vladimir who has gone on to do numerous of other builds since then. Gary Pierre Charles a Mexican- Haitian Architect has also  built Earthship techniques in his work. Bayina Bello a Haitian Historian whose focus is Women’s role in the Revolution.   Jacques Roc who trains film Technicians in Port au Prince, and for 8 months provided projection screens to the Displacement Camps to inform residents of Cholera Prevention, his main goal was “We are shooting for Hope.” and lastly we documented many musicians including Wanito. The film asks the question of How do you rebuild when 300, 000 people die in a moment, it is a film on Haitian Resilience.

Pre-Screenings, ArtShows and Talk Backs

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April 2012, we had an event called Diner en Noir at the Foundary in Toronto, a photo exhibit of Michel Dessources Jr Photography, which focuses on images that are not often seen in the mainstream media, alongside a Caribbean Diner created by Emile Francis and a live Painting by Ilene Sova of Seraphine Legend a grandmother we interviewed in Carrefour, Port au Prince, who was trapped under the rubble and survived, although she lost a leg, you wouldn’t know it when you first meet her.

We would like to give a special thanks to Tracey Hayes Positive Vibez (MindSpace) Event Coordination and Gold Coast Godess on the decor who collaborated on this event. Thanks to the Movement Project for their collaborative donation which allowed us to get the Foundary to hang the photography show.

The various pre-screenings has happened throughout the years May 2011 at Walnut Studios we did our talk back after we returned, which sky386794_10151985846045508_2139922656_nped in the crew, along with Ezili Danto who runs Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, a preview was screened at at Harbourfront Centre which show alongside as well as Guetty Felin’s Broken Stones which was Caribbean Tales Toronto Showcase 2012’s Haiti’s Spotlight. The Diaspora Travels: Haiti also participated in Caribbean Tales Incubator 2011.

Expanded Team

Four years later the team has expanded, Shana McCalla has come on as co-producer (Salem Script Productions), Vanissa Chan who is also part of ACD, has joined the Production Office as well as Photography and Illustration. as well as Justin Trencio on social media. Marco a filmmaker and a graduate of Cine Institute (film school) here in Jacmel, as 2nd Camera here in Jacmel. This trip we will continue to map various reconstruction efforts on the ground level though the development of this interactive digital project.

Towards our second production trip.

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On January 29th, 2014 we began our second journey back to Haiti with screenings, talks and fundraisers in Toronto at Unit 2 (thank you to Nicholas Murr and Rosina Kasi for the space), and The firm grape who was as sponsor (a Toronto locally owned winery) and of course to Roots Reggae Hub for their online promotions. Then we were off to Brooklyn Bed-vyne Brew (a Black owned Local Bar) on February 3rd,We would like to thank everyone who has touch this project which brings to life a Haitian saying “Men anvil chat pa lou”. (Many hands make the load lighter.)We were sent off right although itw was difficult with many technical difficulties that you can think of, we made it to Jacmel in the evening on February 4th.

Recent History and Context

Unfortunately the UN Occupation of Haiti has made things very difficult for the people living there. It is a challenge for them to have access to electricity, food, transportation, proper sanitation, & clean water. The occupation has been ongoing since before the 2010 earthquake. Upon exiling the first democratically-elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004 (of which the US and Canada government played a central part), the United Nations sent in UN troops to occupy the people of Haiti. Since, they have been responsible for contaminating the water with cholera (resulting in 9,000+ deaths), evicting Haitians from their homes and land and adding to the displacement crisis, implicated in crimes against humanity including kidnapping and rape of Haitian youth, amongst other things. The majority of the 13 billion dollars of foreign aid has been evaporated by the non-profit industrial complex and the Haitian government run by Haitian elitists. This is how Haiti has become known as “the Nation of NGOs.”

Sustainable Living Model

This makes the the movement for sustainable living ever more urgent, they say here in Haiti, Haitians pay to be in darkness, the average being 5 hours of power a day or every other day for the average Haitian, which makes solar energy crucial to be made accessible to Haitians. This is movement towards Environmental Justice, and counters directly to Disaster Capitalism ( illustrated by author Naomi Klein) this is on the ground level. Earthship Biotecture Humanitarian builds words through participatory construction gives training directly to Haitians, and breaks any notions of who can build. “The Nations of NGOs” we have seen the disappearance of Aid money and international donations, the Earthquake in January 12, 2010 was historical in that it was the biggest given internationally to and disaster. So all the grassroots organizations we work with there is no salaries given to Foreign Workers, that is to counter this corruption. All money is spent locally, all resources are brought directly to the ground in Haiti, foreign participation is all through paid volunteer positions, which is then funnelled back to the local economy.

Organizations We Support 

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Diaspora Travels returned to Haiti February 4th, settled in Jamel, and will follow up interviews in Port au Prince from Feb 16-21st, and the crew will stay until the end of this stage of the build at Sa-k-la-ka-wel till April 2015. The build in the Oban community Jacmel is the collaboration with IndyConvergenceHaiti, Sa-k-la-ka-wel and Ayiti Ini/ Haiti Uni/ United Haiti which skill and resources resources maps across the island (“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” LW), along with the support from the Earthship Biotecture.

Sa-k-la-ka-wel which lost their rented space a couple of years ago is a space where collaborations between Haitian artists and International Artists, along English and Music Classes, along with a Football (Soccer Team) and a dojo. Dieudonne Cyprien a Haitian and the Executive Director of the school has donated his families’ land, and Robert Negron who is the International Liaison for Artist Collaborations with the loss of the former rented space it is crucial to make it happen so that classes and collaborations can start again. In Feb-March of 2014 the crew laid the foundation down, and this year is the second stage of the build where the Amphitheatre, Seating as well as a class room will be constructed.

Diaspora Travels aim is to completed run on Diasporic Networks, we stay within the community, travel on local transport such as Tap Taps, and spends a much as we physically can to spend the money locally to support the local economy, so we focus on projects that do the same throughout the island. 10562671_872536669472796_4348924777281201902_o  

 

Please Join Us on this Journey

ttp://thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com, on Twitter @Diaspora2Haiti and Instagram @thediasporatravels, Facebook: The Diaspora Travels: Haiti connect directly to the project at thediasporatravelshaiti@gmail.com. Also, this project is all self-financed through the crew and don’t receive any funding, so we are asking for our audience’s support.

We Need your Support

Please give to the project Go Fund Me, which gives directly to our efforts here in Haiti, to pay local technicians, and for the team’s contribution to the Build of Sa-k-la-k-wel (Go Fund Me ), as well the overall project (Indiegogo), which will go to the production of the film and digital project, as well as support for our City to City talk backs after the project. Here is the teams pitch for your support:

For media inquiries please contact: Shana McCalla at thediasporatravelshaiti@gmail.com, salemscriptproductions@gmail.com.

Projects We Support on the Ground

https://ayitiini.wordpress.com/
http://sa-k-la-k-wel.org/ http://www.indyconvergence.org/haiti/

Mesi Anpil (Thank you very Much)

Malinda Francis (a docuvixen film) www.docuvixen.com Twitter @docuvixen Diaspora Travels, www.thediaporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com (migrations stories of the Black, Caribbean and African Diaspora) Twitter: @Diaspora2Haiti Facebook: The Diaspora Travels: Haiti

Dessalines Viv, Marie-Jeanne Viv

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Remembrance 01.12.10 at 16:53 local Haitian Time ~ via: Oja Soundtwista

January 12, 2010, This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the earthquake that took the life of more than 300,000 Haitians and changed the course of so many others in Haiti as well as in the diaspora around the world, yours truly included. May those who survived remain blessed, strong, and healthy. Bless those who have passed as well. Although the news story has come and gone like so much else in the amnesia of the mass media system of the states, the work continues, this new revolution of true solidarity and collective solutions with Haitians in Haiti at the core continues. These collaborative efforts of recovery and healing are preparation for the future as the climate continues to change and get more belligerent in concert with so called ‘free trade ‘ policies that overpopulate cities and privatize resources making them unreachable for most as it severely limits the options for working people (there are even less options for those who have no work and remain in destitute poverty). Much like the revolution that gave Haiti her sovereignty, the instances of people united to create strength with the intent of returning self determination to the people of Haiti and those in opposition to disruption of civil society’s stability will provide solutions and support for all of the world’s people who are seeking true self-determination and dignity…action speaks loudest. Much respect to all of the individuals and groups who have been and will continue to do this work, inside and outside of Haiti: to all the authors and journalists who have exposed those who have stolen and continued to make attempts defame Haiti’s people and culture, the organizations who have respected the people of Haiti, not stolen, but worked with their ears and eyes opened with respect; those who have taken action and remain involved in ways that help empower us all. Silent time today for reflection and contemplation, honor and respect as we continue build this movement.

Email us at: thediasporatravelshaiti@gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter: @Diaspora2Haiti
Facebook Page: The Diaspora Travels: Haiti
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The Diaspora Travels: Haiti towards our second Trip Gearing up Crew
https://thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com
Projects we are following:
https://ayitiini.wordpress.com/
http://sa-k-la-k-wel.org/
http://www.indyconvergence.org/haiti/

Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | February 16, 2013

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Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | September 10, 2012

Preview at CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase at Harbourfront

Toronto, Ontario – For Immediate Release: September 10th, 2012

Preview at CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase.  “The Diaspora Travels: Haiti”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 
Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre
6:30pm

To Buy Tickets: http://tickets.harbourfrontcentre.com/calendar/view.aspx?id=18880

SHORTS
Diaspora Travels: Haiti | a docuvixen film (Canada)
Quiet Desperation | Renee Pollonais (Trinidad & Tobago)

FEATURE
BROKEN STONES | Guetty Felin (Haiti)

Description of the Films
SHORTS
Diaspora Travels: Haiti | Malinda (Canada)
Towards the Second Trip
explores the possibilities of discovering home and connecting lives to the living past. This feature-length documentary begins in Toronto and meanders through Montreal and New York, Boston, and Miami to arrive on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Along the way, it offers glimpses of the Haitian diaspora: some of whom, in order to support family, have for years lived between their adopted and ancestral homes; others who have repatriated since the 2010 earthquake and others still who, moved by catastrophe, visit Haiti for the first time.
Quiet Desperation | Renee Pollonais (Trinidad & Tobago)
This is the story of 58-year-old Heathcliff Defour, a man fast approaching retirement with a lot of “baggage.” His life is dull and his marriage unfulfilling. For the past 35 years he has been married to Merlin Defour, a controlling, bitter woman who is critical of everything, especially him. While driving Merlin to the market one morning, they begin to quarrel. But when Heathcliff finally expresses what is really on his mind, he loses more than he is prepared to handle.
FEATURE
BROKEN STONES | Guetty Felin (Haiti)
The oldest neighborhood of the city of Port-au-Prince, Quartier Cathédrale (Cathedral Quarter) is one of the most symbolic in the history of Haiti. It is in this very neighborhood that the city was founded in 1749 and it is also in the older wooden cathedral where Jean-Jacques Dessalines was crowned emperor of Haiti in 1804. Cathedral quarter was also the hardest hit by the terrifying earthquake on January 12th 2010, it is there that the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. Promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Ev4x7UBaM
Dr. Eric Pierre- Haitian Consulate of Toronto.We invite you to a talk back with the Filmmakers as well as a Panel discussion about using the medium of film to engage and empower communities, and how it is crucial that communities are able to tell their own stories.

Media Requests: mali@docuvixen.com

Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | April 30, 2012

The Film “The Diaspora Travels: Haiti”

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti explores the possibilities of discovering home and connecting lives to the living past. This feature-length documentary begins in Toronto and meanders through Montreal and New York, Boston, and Miami to arrive on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Along the way, it offers glimpses of the Haitian diaspora: some of whom, in order to support family, have for years lived between their adopted and ancestral homes; others who have repatriated since the 2010 earthquake and others still who, moved by catastrophe, visit Haiti for the first time.

The film focuses on the life experiences of two women. Seraphine Legend is a resident of Port au-Prince. She survived the earthquake that destroyed her home, but lost a leg to infection. She remains optimistic; and hopes that her son will be able to support his young family. Marita Mariasine, founder of The Haiti Projects, arrives from Montreal just after the earthquake. With the Earthship crew and travels the country to assess needs and works with Haitians to build sustainable housing.

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti is a story about going back home. Home is the complex ways that Haitian people have organized themselves against adversity and used their own resources to rebuild their communities after waves of devastation. The film offers the audience a broader view – and a direct link – to reconstruction efforts engineered by Haitian and diasporic-led organizations such as Foundation Maurice Sixto, Institute Of Justice And Democracy In Haiti and The Haiti Projects. If you want information on how to donate/fund/sponsor  the production: docuvixen.donation@gmail.com

Towards Haiti: The Second Trip
a docuvixen film
Malinda Francis
mali@docuvixen.com
http://www.docuvixen.com

Video Blog Background

Mario Joseph Speaks: Displacement Tent Camps (November 2010) Toronto, On

Seraphine Legend-Diaspora Story Amongst the Rubble (February 2011) in Kafou, Port au Prince

The Diaspora Travels: Earthship Tour (February 2011) Haiti

Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | April 16, 2012

Diner En Noir celebrates: “The Diaspora Travels: Haiti”


Toronto, Ontario – For Immediate Release: April 16th, 2012

Diner En Noir “The Diaspora Travels: Haiti”

Friday April 20, 2012 “Diner en Noir” celebrates the work of The Diaspora Travels: Haiti (www.thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com )
at The Foundery  ( www.foundery.is ) 376 Bathurst St. Toronto
dress code: all black w/ haitian coloured/themed accessories…

Relaunch Towards Ayiti: The Second Trip

7-8pm Meet & Greet w/ Filmmaker Malinda Francis
www.docuvixen.com Bringing you travel stories of the Black / African / Caribbean Diaspora past, present and future.
appetizers by Harlem Restaurant
gaDJet: spinning vinyl vibes

The Film
The Diaspora Travels : Haiti
Investigating the barriers that prevent resources from reaching the people who need them most urgently.
Uncovering roles that Haitians and the Haitian Diaspora play in the `Reconstruction’

8-9pm Sponsor/Funder dinner followed by screening
$40.00 includes admission to the meet & greet, sponsor/funder dinner & the launch party
Catered by Emile Francis, a Caribbean Influenced Menu

$20.00 without Dinner.

RSVP, and To Buy Advance Tickets online email: docuvixen.donations@gmail.com

7-2am
$5-10 dollars, allows entry into the Photography Show, as well as the Launch Party (begins at 9pm)

Photography Show
Showcase of the Photography from first Production Trip of The Diaspora Travels: Haiti
Camera/Photographer: Michel Dessources Jr
$5-$10

Live painting by Ilene Sova (www.ilenesova.ca)

9pm-2am Launch Party
$5-$10 suggested, please pay at the door
Deejay Nana http://ear2much.podomatic.com
Bringing you Haitian Vibes
DJ Neg Serieux
DJ Jam-Z Mix

positivevibz: artistic & educational activism
http://www.facebook.com/groups/101570864341/
https://twitter.com/positivevibz

GOLD COAST GODESS on Decor.
http://www.facebook.com/Gold.Coast.Godess.Brand
https://twitter.com/GoldCoastGodess

photography by: Nolan Norbert White

Sponsored by: The Movement Project
Performance Collective, Connecting the Indigenous with the Diaspora.

Media Requests: mali@docuvixen.com

Posted by: docuvixenuniverse | March 23, 2012

The Haiti Projects in Montreal: Marita Mariasine

February 12- 17th (Interview with Marita Mariasine)

A year after meeting Marita Mariasine in Delma 75, Port au Prince, under the Caribbean Sky.  We sit down a year later for an interview in a Montreal Restaurant, to catch up on what is  upcoming for building in 2012.

“It is about Getting Resources into Local Hands”

The Haiti Projects is devoted to providing a voice for the Haitian people and materializing initiatives to cause massive cultural exchange in Haiti to inspire the next generations through a series of projects that teach alternative, creative, self-reliant means of living, exposes them to world changes and crucial information, and creates avenues for cultural exchange in all realms of the arts. In collaboration with the Haitian people, The Haiti Projects is an umbrella for a movement that works this intention on all levels. It was created at the moment of the earthquake that rattled up the momentum to work project to project for the bigger picture of uniting with the other nations of the world in an effort to affect the direction of humanity, and restore justice in Haiti.


2012 Activities

-Earthship school build preparations for January 2013, Earthship solidarity kitchen in Port au Prince build preparations for 2013
-Organising of recycled materials depots, will serve a variety of projects
-Training of volunteer Haitian guides and participants
-Preparations for international and intercultural travelling music festival in Haiti
-The Travelling School
-Helping internet centers to set up, and multimedia trainings
-Permaculture and cultivation projects
-Paper pellet projet, to use as cooking charcoal
-Fund-raising in North America for The Haiti Projects’ projects including a road to be built in the Jean Rabel zone, a community radio station of Petit Goâve, Earthship builds
-Recruiting for The Travelling School, artisan crochet mentor for an artisan crochet girl club of Delmas 95, permaculters and more
-The Haiti Projects also offers a translating service in English, French and creole, as well custom assistance in the materializing of other groups’ projects

New Earth Roots Alliance:

Earthship Biotecture
ACD Media (alliance of conscious documentaries)
The Diaspora Travels: Haiti (A docuvixen fillm)
MBETV.com
Green School Haiti
Pi Gwo Byen Ayiti
Roselaure Aubourg# directrice of commerce and industry of La Grande Anse dept.
Communities of over 15 sector of Haiti

VOLUNTEERING FROM OUTSIDE OF HAITI:
The movement requires occasional help in:
Computer graphics for; brochures, posters, flyers, and video montage
Volunteers to help organize fund raising events
Research volunteers

VOLUNTEERING WITHIN HAITI:

See the project list for 2012 for project listing. It is possible to add projects to the list. The Haiti Projects is open to include in its efforts all projects that are moving in the direction of international solidarity and self sufficiency. For specific details on current projects, or to develop a different project, please contact Marita Mariasine by email: newearthroot@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION OF THE GENERAL IDEA:
Funds should be kept at a minimum and eliminated from the equation all together when possible. One facilitator of this is that there are no salaries in the process.
All funds should be spent locally in Haiti.
Funds are raised project to project by participants.
Volunteers come on their own airfare and food money. Money will be needed to provide food and transport to your volunteer Haitian guide who will volunteer to accompany the foreigner in Haiti.
The volunteer Haitian guide and the foreigner coming to Haiti to do a project are paired as equals collaborating in the success of the project.This also ensures the cultural exchange part of the projects.

WISHLIST:
French/english dictionnaries
Crafting material for crochet and knitting
Hats and bandanas (for distribution to participants in outdoor projects where we work under the sun)
Plane tickets (MTL-PAP)
Electronic equipment that will assist administration of Haitian groups and organisations
Donations

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti is honoured to follow the Haiti Projects.

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