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“Thursday’s event kicked off with a screening of the documentary Resilient Hearts, directed by Haitian actress Claudine Oriol. The film follows Haitians and Haitian Americans whose lives were upended by destruction and grief in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Oriol said she expects the documentary to have New York and Los Angeles premiers in September.” Read full article here.

AFI announces the selection of Resilient Hearts for the 2014 DC Caribbean FilmFest official line-up.

The screening at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at AFI Silver Theatre will be the film’s World Premiere. Questions and answers with the film’s director, Claudine Oriol, will take place following the screening.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this powerful and moving documentary. Buy your tickets today online at:

http://silver.afi.com/visInternetTicketing/visSelectTickets.aspx?cinemacode=1001&txtSessionId=53093

You can also purchase tickets at the theater or by calling 301.495.6700.

 

AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, will serve as host to the 14th
Filmfest from Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15.

Washington, DC (June 18, 2014) – Claudine Oriol, Haitian-American actress, director and producer, celebrated the world premiere screening of her documentary film, Resilient Hearts, on Sunday, June 15, 2014 the film an official selection of the AFI DC Caribbean FilmFest was screened at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.

Prior to the screening, Claudine, stated, “It’s been an incredible and moving journey to work on Resilient Hearts during the past few years. I’m humbled by the support and praise the film has received from friends, associates, world leaders and dignitaries. I can’t imagine a more fitting backdrop for its world premiere than in our nation’s capital.”

 Following the screening, the AFI moderated a dynamic and engaging question and answer series with Claudine and  special guest,  H.E. Paul Altidor, Ambassador of Haiti.

The film debuted to a crowd of more than 200 guests, and was well-received by the audience and film festival. Many attendees commented that this was one of the first times they saw Haitian people from all socioeconomic backgrounds represented.

Following the screening, Claudine commented, “I was pleased by all of the feedback and reactions from members of the audience.”  She also added, “it was very important that her film told a story that goes beyond Haiti and the earthquake; and that Resilient Hearts tells a story about the human spirit which resonates with people around the globe.”

 


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.

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.

Gilbert Hippolyte

Executive Producer

H.E. Ambassador Jack Brewer

Co-producer

Jean-Pierre Vertus

Producer, Camera

Jean-Philippe Boucicaut

Editor

Kweku Mandela

Executive Producer

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