Nou Bouke | The making of a documentary


Miami Dade College Students to Hold Fundraiser with Screening of Nou Bouke

Nou Bouke will be shown again on Wednesday, March 9, as a special benefit screening. The event is taking place during the Miami International Film Festival. Please come. Here are the details:

Miami Dade College Students to Hold Fundraiser with Screening of Nou Bouke

Miami, March 2, 2011 – As film fans enjoy this year’s Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), they will have the opportunity to give to a worthy cause by supporting the fundraising screening of Nou Bouke (We’re Tired): Haiti’s Past, Present and Future, a documentary about Haiti in the year since the massive earthquake that rocked the country on Jan. 12, 2010. The Wolfson Campus’ Haitian Student Organization, Boukan Club, has partnered with The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, producers of the documentary, to offer a screening during MIFF at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.

Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $12 for the general public. Students will hold a reception and silent auction prior to the screening. Items offered include Haitian art donated by a student artist and official photographs donated by the film’s producers. All proceeds will be equally divided between two nonprofit organizations: Doctors Without Borders and Operation Helping Hands.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald produced Nou Bouke in collaboration with WPBT-Channel 2 and independent filmmaker Joe Cardona, who is the film’s director. The film is narrated by award-winning Haitian author Edwidge Danticat and had its original premiere on January 11, 2011, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

WHAT:  Nou Bouke (We’re Tired): Haiti’s Past, Present and Future

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
            Reception: 4:30 p.m.; Film screening: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium

              300 NE 2nd Ave., Room 1261

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Student Life at 305-237-3536.

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Watch an interview with filmmakers

Filmmakers talk about their experience:


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Nou Bouke film crew on the making of the documentary

Here's an article with background on the making of Nou Bouke:
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Documentary on Haiti premiers Jan. 11 with encore presentation Jan. 13

At long last, the film is ready for public screening. We are thrilled and nervous about reaction to the newspapers' first documentary. It has been an emotional ride to say the least, probably the toughest assignment this crew has ever had in a long journalistic career. It is a difficult subject but we hope those of you who can join us for the screening or can watch it on PBS will be pleased with the result. More than anything, we hope this film will provoke reflection and action so that a new Haiti can emerge.
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Film crew is busy editing footage

Since our return to Miami earlier this month, we've been busy editing footage and promoting the trailer. The next three months will be nonstop editing. Stay tuned for more updates
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Nou Bouke film crew returns to Haiti

   The Nou Bouke film crew is back in Haiti after eight weeks of editing and production work. This was the longest stretch outside of this nation since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

    Jose Iglesias, who is both shooting and serving as director of photography, was dismayed upon arrival to Port-au-Prince this week, his seventh trip to this devastated city.

   "It feels as though we never left," he said.

    At first glance, little seems to have changed. The streets remain clogged with traffic. Tents and shacks dot a landscape still littered with rubble from collapsed buildings. Masses of people with tired faces dart past with a sense of urgency -- selling, buying, boarding or jumping off Tap Taps to get to wherever they are going in a hurry.

    In an on-camera interview with us, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth H. Merten said Haiti was in a "transition phase" -- that is, the phase before recovery from a massive devastation becomes evident. Just how long that gap will last is anyone's guess.

    "There is progress," Merten assured.

    He's right. Signs of recovery are present, but they are subtle.Several lots that served as temporary tent encampments are now empty of residents. Trucks filled with construction supplies rumble through the streets. Vendors run a brisk business selling food and other items. Today, we saw a man on a ladder with a brush in hand giving a new coat of white paint to a building that had been damaged.

    As we continue to document life here, we'll be visiting with some of the people you've come to know through reports by our Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald staff. Tune in to this blog for updated reports.

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Some Haitians seek a new beginning through the power of faith

Each July for more than a century Haitians have been making a pilgrimage to the picturesque site of Saut-d'Eau in Central Haiti. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared on a palm tree in the mid-1800s and began healing the sick. Here is a peek at a recent pilgrimage.

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A personal tale

It wasn't until a cousin's death in Haiti that made Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles truly understand the pain of a nation. Here is a snippet of a reporter's personal tale.

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Haiti mourns its dead

Exactly six months ago today, at 5:53 p.m. EST, the people of Haiti were struck by the most violent earthquake in a century. A Magnitude 7 struck just 10 miles southwest of the capital of Port-Au-Prince. Below is a clip from the National Day of mourning held in February.
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Nou Bouke -- "We're Tired''

As Haiti faces perhaps its most challenging crossroads due to the immense loss of life and property resulting from the Jan. 12 earthquake, Nou Bouke will present a comprehensive look at the Haitian polemic. The hourlong documentary, which will be ready by the end of the year and will be distributed nationally through our partnership with WPBT, is a representative mosaic that depicts the many perspectives that surround the hopes and aspirations of the Haitian people as they move forward into a future full of uncertainty. 

Here is a trailer of the documentary:

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