*Excerpt from the documentary film 'Democracy in Haiti'

Performance by Bazelet St. Louis, a member of Konbit Des Jeunes Penseurs (Gathering of Young Thinkers) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Democracy in Haiti documentary film project, produced by Nomadic Wax, Vox Sambou, and ProVision, is in the preliminary stages of editing. In March, when Co-Director of Photography, Lena Jackson, traveled to Port-au-Prince for the second round of the presidential elections, she and the ProVision team filmed a number of poetry performances by the Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs (Collective of Young Thinkers, known in Creole by the acronyn KoJePens). The Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs is a writing workshop of young people, from their late teens to late 20s, from various marginalized neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, like Cité Soleil, Delmas 2 and others. The primary objective is to create a safe, comfortable place for people to express themselves, and the secondary purpose is to create a way for underrepresented young people to be heard, both within Haiti and abroad.

In November 2011, the group performed a poem montage on the Champ-de-Mars for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (in collaboration with the Haitian grassroots women’s organization KOFAVIV, Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim). KoJePens members have been hard at work on a play, a comedy about NGOs and domestic servitude, and just submitted some texts for a Haiti-focused edition of Callaloo literary magazine.

The following are short performance pieces by several young artists involved in Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs. Special thanks to Laura Wagner for all her hard work and dedication in translating all the performances. For more information on Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs, please visit their website: storiesfromhaiti.wordpress.com.

For more information on Democracy in Haiti visit:
democracyinhaiti.com

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