We Demand Our Share of Life: Exploring Haiti’s Cinematic Truths

This past Saturday Haiti suffered yet another blow to what I consider its ongoing revolutionary war.

For independence.

For true and lasting freedom. 

This most recent blow was in the form of a 7.2 earthquake, bigger than the one that devastated the nation 11 years ago in January 2010, probably because the area where it was most felt is less populated than Port-au-Prince, the epicenter of the earlier goudougoudou.

The natural (simply as in “of nature”) disaster follows the recent assassination of Haiti’s president, Jovenal Moise, who, although problematic for a number of reasons, represented a kind of political stability. At this point Haiti’s fate seems to be in the hands of several characters who had been waiting (im)patiently in the shadows for their moment to pounce.

That word seems, is important here, because there has always been more than what the human five senses can perceive. And what we’ve been taught greatly impacts what we are able to perceive. 

We have witnessed this fact historically.

If we pay attention, we can witness its unfolding contemporarily. 

But for each person who felt Earth’s quaking this past weekend and their family members who felt it even if they were thousands of miles away, my heart is with you. 

There are no words.

So rather than try to find some I share an interview that I was privileged to conduct with several incredibly talented people of Haitian descent just a couple of months ago. 

Enjoy as you reflect!

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