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:

Towards Haiti: The Second Trip
a docuvixen film
Malinda Francis

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


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 ( )
at The Foundery  ( ) 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 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:

$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

Live painting by Ilene Sova (

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

positivevibz: artistic & educational activism


photography by: Nolan Norbert White

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

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