As Cholera is expected to increase and as Real Hope For Haiti's Clinic and rescue center surpass their capacities, the mission seeks to expand its boundaries by building on land that is currently being prepared. I contributed this promotional piece for RHFH because I believe in what they do and want them to meet their fundraising goals. I know that their expansion will save many lives.
Normally I would have chopped this down a lot more, made it a little more upbeat and succinct, but I felt like there were two things I wanted to accomplish... one was to show the trustworthy, down-to-earth but believing for a miracle kind of attitude that the RHFH staff bring to their work. To know Zack, Licia, and Lori is to believe in them. I wanted that to come across, so I let Zack's piece run a little long. Licia and Lori will be more prominently featured in a film I'm working on about Haiti's orphan crisis.
My other goal with the film was to show the rescue center from a storied perspective. It's easy to show emaciated victims of malnourishment, and RHFH keeps an impressive library of victory photos... before and afters of scores of children beating starvation and going home chunky and healthy. What I felt could be offered more uniquely by video is some of the family story behind one of these cases, thus the extended interview with the woman on the bench. I also thought that her trust in the rescue center was a dramatic testimony, and her love for her child was powerful. I hope this film accomplishes what it was meant to. I know that I spent a fair share of time wiping tears from my eyes in the editing suite.
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