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Why did the earthquake become a food and humanitarian crisis? HTF will explore opportunities and models to create a sustainable future for Haiti. Read more

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Why did the earthquake become a food and humanitarian crisis? HTF will explore opportunities and models to create a sustainable future for Haiti.

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NOTE: Thank you do all those who have donated. For new visitors, while we have surpassed our goal due Monday at midnight, Kickstarter, and Amazon take a combined 7% fee. Therefore, we are operating with an unofficial goal of $16,130, to be able to operate with a full 15,000 budget. We encourage you to donate if you visited with that intention and welcome additional support to reach this target. Thank You.

Hands That Feed
A Documentary Film

"It was a mistake. I have to live everyday with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti," Bill Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 10, 2010. "The country has the best chance in my lifetime to achieve this objective: to build a modern self-sustaining state. But what it means is that we have to think about our roles in a different way, and how we will play them in this reconstruction process.”

Hands That Feed is a documentary film exploring the agricultural collapse in Haiti, its role in the post-earthquake food crisis, and the emerging grassroots development models that seek to restore Haiti's food supply and environment.

Hands That Feed will narrate the experiences of dynamic young adults in post-earthquake Haiti, representing a range of innovative grassroots recovery organizations, as they seek to build a sustainable future for the country. The film starts on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Following our characters through day-to-day life, the viewer learns how Haiti lost the ability to feed itself, turning a natural disaster into a crisis. The inspiring young people undergo personal transformation, mirroring the potential transformation of the nation, as they study sustainable agriculture techniques and trauma relief practices. They then tour the country as teachers, experiencing the hardships of post-earthquake Haiti. The viewer witnesses the challenges, frustration, and victories of teaching society to be self-sufficient in both agriculture and leadership.

The Importance

The earthquake in January 2010 catalyzed an upwelling of international compassion and support for Haiti. Yet many lack an understanding of the true causes of Haiti's situation, and they feel frustrated as to how they can help a seemingly perpetually impoverished nation. Hands That Feed will play a critical role in exploring how a once powerful and rich country – one that supplied a quarter of all of France's wealth through the 18th century and was food self-sufficient until the early 1980's – collapsed. The film explores the true context of the earthquake's impact: the decline of Haiti's rural economy, environmental degradation, mass migration to cities, and the build-up of fragile shanty-towns. In meeting bright and enthusiastic Haitian youths committed to helping their country become successful, dispelling the view of a helpless land. It will also present a new way of thinking about economic assistance, one that puts emphasis on creating a new generation of leaders and on restoring a vibrant rural economy.

The Plan

We are seeking to raise a sum of $15,000 to cover costs of an initial 2-3 week shoot in Haiti. The timing of this trip is critical, as pivotal events in Haiti are currently unfolding.


Donating to Hands That Feed is a unique opportunity for you to contribute to a film that will dispel myths about Haiti, while showing how investing in people is the most sustainable resource.

The Team

Joshua Levin ---- Producer

Josh is a consultant to non-profit organizations in sustainable agriculture as a development and conservation tool. He has worked with WWF, Conservation International, EcoAgriculture Partners, the Rainforest Alliance, and Root Capital, among others. Josh earned his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and he holds a BA from Harvard University in Social Studies and International Development.

Matthew Caton ---- Director

Matthew is a filmmaker with a passion for exploring and sharing through documentary film. His work in cultural documentaries has taken him all over the world in the last 10 years. He trained in filmmaking at NYU, and also recently became a yoga teacher. His directing work can be found at

Ketty Joe Henri ---- Associate-Producer

Ketty is a Haitian-American with deep roots in her homeland. Ketty visited Haiti the month before the earthquake and has since has worked with the non-profit’s in both Port-au-Prince and Camp Perrin. She recently completed her film studies at Sarah Lawrence.


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