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Sunday, 13 December 2015 22:17

Director’s Statement

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The creative process of Resilient Hearts was a very personal journey for me. When I returned to Haiti after the earthquake hit, I was overwhelmed with emotions as I surveyed the destruction and recalled the beautiful buildings that previously stood in place of the rubble I was standing upon. I didn’t know how people would respond to my questions, my camera or my purpose, but I knew I wanted to tell a story to the world that conveyed the strength and resiliency of the Haitian people. For me, it was imperative that my film was genuine, authentic and above all else, told from a Haitian point of view.

As I started approaching people to interview, it became clear that some of these individuals needed an outlet to talk about what they had been through with their families, and many wanted to explain the events that occurred following the 35 seconds of chaos that changed their lives forever. I listened and learned, took notes and was moved by each person’s story. I spoke with government officials, historians, doctors, volunteers and people who lost spouses, children, and homes.

In time, it became clear to me that I wasn’t telling a story of natural disaster and destruction; instead, I realized that I was creating a film about the human spirit. The people I encountered were all making the best of bad situation and coming together to overcome tragedy and personal loss. Much like 9/11 was a catalyst for unity and patriotism, the earthquake in Haiti enabled people to set aside political and social differences and focus on working together. Through this disaster, it was remarkable to see what Haitians were able to accomplish when they joined forces, and I hope this continues to take place and Haitians will come together in unity and a reawakened patriotism.

I hope this film urges those in a position to help, to fix by empowerment rather than providing a temporary solution. As Haiti continues to rebuild and grow, it is important that the country and its people are becoming a self-sufficient, cohesive unit working together to restore opportunity to its lands.

To me, Resilient Hearts is more than a documentary about the earthquake in Haiti. This film resonates on a global level with anyone who has experienced loss and triumphed in the face of defeat. Time and again we see people around the world rise and rebuild through unity and togetherness.

Sunday, 13 December 2015 19:57

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Resilient Hearts is a documentary film inspired by the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, and left the country and its people devastated.

The film is directed and produced by Haitian-American actress, Claudine Oriol, who left Port-au-Prince one hour before the earthquake, and told to the world through the eyes, lives and spirit of the Haitian people – giving the voiceless a voice.



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When Claudine set-out to make this film, it was important that her story was entirely authentic and conveyed what the Haitian people were going through from the moment the earthquake struck, until today.  As such, Claudine returned to Haiti and spoke with everyday people, families, government leaders, Haitian volunteers and medical aids to learn their stories of loss, struggle and relief.
What she discovered during the course of several months was quite remarkable: she had witnessed a community, which ordinarily operates as individuals, coming together as one to help its neighbors battle through the destruction left in the earthquake’s wake.



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The film also dives into the important issue of receiving external aid and relief. However, aid is not limitless and once funds are exhausted, these groups pack-up and return to their homes.  Claudine implores NGO’s and individual donors to enable the people of devastated countries with the skills necessary to treat, heal and provide for themselves during these times, which would make them stronger and more sufficient if faced with another disaster.



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As Haiti rebuilds and continues to recover, Claudine and her fellow Haitians look at its country not as land decimated, but as a land of opportunity and new growth. Filmed entirely in Haitian Creole (with English subtitles), this project is not only an ode not to Claudine’s fellow Haitians, but to the international community and everyone who has been impacted by this natural disaster.

DIR/SCR Claudine Oriol. Haiti, 2014, color, 74 min. In Haitian-Creole and English with English subtitles. NOT RATED.

The release date for Resilient Hearts has not yet been scheduled.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:29

Meet The Team

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:29

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:26

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Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:26

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:44

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:41

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:41

Filmmakers

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Claudine Oriol

Director, Writer, Producer

Claudine is a Haitian-American actress, entertainment host, director and global philanthropist. She has appeared in films such as: the critically acclaimed, independent Haitian film Pluie d’Espoir (Rain of Hope); As Good As Dead; My Girlfriend’s Back; Blonde Ambition; and she shot Norah’s Hair Salon II, starring Mekhi Phifer and Tatyana Ali. Following the tragic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Claudine was moved to write and direct her first-ever film, the documentary, Resilient Hearts. She spent the three years after the earthquake interviewing survivors, hearing their stories, surveying the destruction and witnessing the strength, unity and opportunity for her fellow Haitians to grow and rebuild as a country.


Kweku Mandela

Excutive Producer

Kweku is a partner and the president of one of South Africa’s largest film and television production companies, Out of Africa Entertainment. He has credits for producing the acclaimed The Bang Bang Club and Fanie Fourie’s Labola. In 2009, he and his cousin, Ndaba Mandela, co-founded and launched the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization that strives to change the global perception of Africa and showcase positive development and growth throughout the continent.


Gilbert Hippolyte

Excutive Producer

Gilbert is Haitian businessman involved with several profit and not-for-profit companies and organizations. He is the vice-president and CEO of Panexus Haiti S.A., chairman of HT360, co-founder of Technique ET Construction and a global board member and Director of Haitian Affairs for The Brewer Group. In addition to funding Resilient Hearts, he has invested in and and supported Haitian film projects, including: Pluie d’Espoir, 2005; and La Rebelle, 2005.


Jean-Philippe Boucicaut

Editor

Jean-Philippe is a Haitian-American Emmy Award-winning documentary editor and producer with more than 20 years of experience. His most recent project, Cesar’s Last Fast, was an official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Notable projects include: American Blackout, a film he co-produced and edited, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film. He edited Citizen King, which had a special screening at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. He co-produced and edited Secret Daughter, for which he won an Emmy Award and a Dupont-Columbia Awards Gold Baton. At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Jean-Philippe was a juror in the ‘Documentary’ category and served as an advisor at the Sundance Documentary Story and Edit Lab from 2004 – 2007.


Garcelle Beauvais

Producer

Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. She co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” and for four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue.” She is also a co-host on various television shows. She has been inspired by motherhood to write a children’s book series entitled ‘I AM,’ addressing identity issues relevant to many children today. Garcelle supports the ‘Step Up Women’s Network’, she is also active with ‘March of Dimes’ and ‘Fonkonze Foundation’.


Jean-Pierre Vertus

Producer, Camera

Jean-Pierre is an actor, model and devoted humanitarian. His most recent project, Nixon in Haiti, was featured in the Short Film Corner at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and his lead role in Sebastian Ingrosso’s (Swedish House Mafia fame) international hit music video, Reload, has received more than 25 million views online. His television and film work includes appearances on the series, Heroes, as well as in independent movies such as Nora’s Hair Salon II. Despite a gratifying career in Hollywood, Jean-Pierre’s heart belongs to his homeland, Haiti. Resilient Hearts marks his debut work behind the lens.


H.E. Ambassador Jack Brewer

Co-Producer

H.E. Ambassador Jack Brewer was known as an exceptional special teams player and versatile defensive back during his NFL career. Since retiring from the game, he has added international entrepreneur, philanthropist and UN Ambassador to his resume. In 2009, he founded The Brewer Group, a diversified global advisory firm that offers private client, specialty finance and corporate advisory services. He was recently named as Ambassador for Peace and Sport for the US Federation of Middle East Peace (UFMEP) / United Federation of Peace and Development (UFPD) at the United Nations. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation, which focuses on the empowerment of women and children living within impoverished and underdeveloped communities.


Sarodj Bertin

Co-Producer

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sarodj Bertin, is an Actress, TV host, Attorney, and Goodwill Ambassador, who was crowned the first Haiti Miss Universe in 2010, as well as "Reina Hispano-Americana" in 2012. She is fluent in four languages. Her philanthropic endeavors led her to establish her foundation in 2011 "Sarodj For a Purpose" which main objective is to work and provide education for orphans in Haiti. In 2010 she starred in her first film, " The Voodoo List", for the Italian director Angelo Rizzo; from then on she has participated in various projects such as, “One Night In Vegas”, “Kinky” the documentary “Sweet Micky For President”, and the television show, “Aquí Se Habla Español” to name a few.


Andre Berto

Co-Producer

Andre Berto is the first-ever Haitian Olympian in the sport of boxing and a two-time professional boxing world champion. He created his own philanthropic organization, the Berto Dynasty Foundation, in 2010 following the devastating earthquake in his family’s native Haiti. Since that time, Berto has worked with BDF and partner organizations including Project Medishare and The Brewer Foundation to provide relief efforts and improve the quality of living in Haiti. He continues an active boxing career which includes bouts against some of the biggest names in the sport, including Floyd Mayweather, Jr., while engaging in regular philanthropic work.