Directors: Renée Bergan, Mark Schuller
2009, Haiti / USA
English and Haitian Creole, with English subtitles
Documentary short / 50 minutes
Told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman’s personal story not only illustrates the effects of globalisation, but also how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti as a whole. Initiated by the subjects themselves, the film aims to inspire solidarity activism to help end economic injustice.
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Renée Bergan became interested in documentary filmmaking as a vehicle for her political and social justice expression. She received her degree in film from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, and in 2003 founded her own production company, Renegade Pictures. She is a cinematographer and editor as well as a director and producer.
Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at York College, the City University of New York. He has published articles and book chapters about Haiti. Following the earthquake, Schuller was part of one of the first teams to respond, a grassroots medical mission. He blogs at Huffington Post.
Fri 23 Sept 2.30pm, Institute of Critical Learning, UWI
Wed 28 Sept 2.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre