From the debris of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, organizations and individuals unearth innovative ways to rebuild a more stable and sustainable society.
The film, a collaboration between Fountainhead Films and New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate explores the process of reconstructing schools, orphanages, housing, and infrastructure developments in Haiti.
There have been dire reports of Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts: ineffectual government leadership, a battered economy, unclear property ownership, a lack of cohesive long-term planning, money misspent or unreleased, a history of shoddy building – and the list goes on. “Haiti Redux” shows that there is hope. With vivid footage of post-earthquake damage, Haitians who are struggling but coping and renewal projects that are moving ahead, the film spotlights the work of several nonprofit groups. Their goals: a re-envisioned Port-au-Prince neighborhood, a new community center and shelters, rebuilt schools, an orphanage.
“Haiti Redux” portrays a range of recovery activities. Urban planners lead a lively community design charette where residents voice their ideas about how best to rebuild their corner of the city. Engineers and businessmen demonstrate low-cost ways of collecting and filtering water. Artists and designers create light and airy residences and a community center using earthbag dome architecture. A much-needed school is repaired and reinforced. Plans are drawn up and land is acquired for an orphanage.
The film shows how motivated, dedicated and resourceful these individuals and groups are. They are bringing their expertise and ideals to work with Haitians for the future of the country. They seek sustainable change where there are not only improved buildings, community facilities and infrastructure, but a viable economy with jobs for Haitians. Progress is slow, but it is real progress with real projects – as “Haiti Redux” makes clear.
Mission: To inspire people to lend a hand to disadvantaged communities both at home and abroad.