July 28th, 2015 will be a very somber day for Haiti. It will mark the 100 year anniversary of its sudden and horrific occupation by the United States.
While this date proves to be rather significant, its cruelest fate is that it will hardly be remembered or even mentioned, even by Haiti's own people. In fact, it is a relatively unknown truth that Haiti was once occupied by the United States for two decades in the early 20th century.
Nowadays, one can rarely hear about the island nation of Haiti, without first being reminded that it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. But why is it that Haiti is so poor, and why is it stuck in a cycle of perpetual instability? Many have asked these questions without any further inquiry into the origins of its cursed qualifier. Our goal is for those who know and love Haiti, as well as for those who have had little or no exposure to the country and its fascinating culture, to realize that, in several major ways, much of the instability that cripples Haiti today can be linked to that forgotten occupation.
We are making this documentary to rekindle the memory of that long forgotten and dreadful chapter of Haiti's history, to give voice to the thousands of men who were compelled to forced labor, and the thousands more that lost their lives defending Haiti against the Occupation.
We have spent four years traveling between different parts of the United States and Haiti, interviewing scholars, authors, journalists, politicians, historians, teachers, witnesses, and world-renowned experts on the subject in order to put together a thrilling, moving and informative account of how Haiti had to fight, yet again, for its independence, only to be left in complete political disorder.
The documentary has already been filmed and we are raising funds to see the film through post-production. Most people have a basic idea of the work that goes into a film before and during a shoot. However, it is just as important for the post-production to be handled correctly (editing, color correction, license acquisitions, scoring, film festival entry fees, marketing, distribution, etc...) in order for a film to be successful. So, we've enlisted the help of Dedalus Moving Pictures for the task.
We feel that this is not only a captivating subject, but it is also a great way to commemorate those who fought the battle they most likely should not have won. Additionally, this being the 100 year anniversary of the Occupation makes this film and your support even more significant. Let's remember the struggle these brave men and women endured. Let's examine the remaining effects of the Occupation. Let's finish what Alain started over 4 years ago, and together we may be able to ignite a conversation that will bring much needed change to Haiti.
Risks and challenges
After we raise the funds, we will be faced with the task of editing and delivering the film on time for our audiences. We wish to wrap up editing in three months.
Editing can be time consuming and may cause the film's release to suffer delays. To avoid this and to speed up the process, we have a detailed script ready for the editors to follow and we have catalogued the interviews, the photographs and the archival footage we will be using.
Upon completing the film, it is not guaranteed that we will find a distributor. Should we fail in our quest to find a distributor(i'm optimistic we won't) we have already decided to put the film up for sale on our website, via both digital and physical copies.
We plan on showing it on various campuses throughout the tri-state area.
We have no intentions on making a film and letting it sit somewhere. We want our film to be seen.
Another challenge we will be facing is the ability for this project to be seen by as many people as possible who are more directly connected to the Occupation than they might think. Our goal is to have this film showcased in various media in Haiti, The US, France, and Canada. This means the more money you invest in this project, the more we can spend on very important marketing materials. Some very important connections have already been made and we'd love for our project to accurately depict the events of the time while simultaneously starting a very important conversation, and eventually bringing about change.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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