Nou Bouke | The making of a documentary

About Nou Bouke

The title comes from words scrawled on the decrepit walls of buildings reduced to rubble by the monstrous earthquake that turned Haiti into the site of one of the world’s cruelest tragedies.

Nou Bouke, the Creole term for "We’re Tired," is a testament to the harsh reality for many in the Western Hemisphere's most desperate nation. In less than a minute, as many as 300,000 people were dead, most of them buried beneath houses, schools, hotels, businesses and government buildings that shook, buckled and then collapsed into a pile of debris.

This feature-length documentary -- a first for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald -- will focus on Haiti's past, present and future in light of the apocalyptic Jan. 12 quake that now marks a new chapter in the nation's history.

As the Caribbean nation faces perhaps its most challenging crossroads due to the immense loss of life and property resulting from the tragedy, Nou Bouke presents a comprehensive look at the Haitian polemic. It 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.

About the bloggers

JOE CARDONA, producer/director
Joe Cardona was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (of Cuban parents) on "all saints'day" 1967. He has directed 11 feature length documentaries, mostly dealing with issues of cultural identity and Cuban history: Adios Patria, Café con Leche, The Flight of Pedro Pan, Jose Marti: Legacy of Freedom, Havana: Portrait of Yesteryear, Honey Girl, White Elephant, and Celia the Queen. Nine of these documentaries have aired on WPBT2 and PBS affiliates throughout the U.S. as well as various outlets throughout Europe and Latin America. Joe has also directed, produced and written two feature films, Water, Mud and Factories and Bro. Both films have traveled the world through film festivals and the film Bro was been awarded the prestigious Flickapalooza Film Festival's "Best Screenplay" (2001) award.

JOSE IGLESIAS, director of photography
Photojournalist/videographer Jose Iglesias has worked for The Miami Herald since 1991. Born in Havana, Cuba, he fled the island following Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. He joined the visual staff at El Nuevo Herald earlier this year and has been covering the aftermath of the earthquake since January. His videos are being used by both newspapers.

NANCY SAN MARTIN, executive producer
Nancy San Martin, interactive editor at The Miami Herald, is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Her journalism endeavors began as a college intern at The Miami Herald. She was hired upon graduation and spent three years covering South Florida's diverse communities. In 1992, Nancy joined the Sun-Sentinel, where her responsibilities as immigration reporter led to overseas assignments in Cuba, Haiti and other Caribbean nations. In 1998, Nancy accepted a post in El Paso to cover the Southwest border for the Dallas Morning News. She returned to The Miami Herald in 2001 and has covered stories that have taken her across Latin America and as far away as Afghanistan. Nancy is a Harvard Nieman Fellow, Class of 2006, and served on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 1990-1994.

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