Episode one: Bò wout la
Made by the talented young Haitian director Zaka, Filmmaker/Producer Melanie Reynard and Germain Jn. Luccere as Director of Photography, with a sensational opening song by Mikaelle Cartright, Tap Tap the sitcom is now being screened around Port au Prince and soon on national television.
The first public showing of the completed work took place on Friday night in Jalousie, the poor community that clings to the hillside above Petion Ville, where several hundred people gathered to watch and enjoy the film and left asking for more.
The goal of Tap Tap is to represent real-life interactions in which Haitians can recognize themselves, laugh about their challenges and celebrate their vibrant culture. The tap tap is a symbol for Haitian movement and quotidian daily life, a vehicle designed with Haitian ingenuity resourcefulness and artisanal esthetic. As the tap taps winds its way through areas devastated by the earthquake, past ravines and hillsides with camps clinging to the sides, through wealthier areas and the very heart of the capital we follow the adventures of the owner-driver Mercidieu, his Facebook-loving son and the manager who endured the hardship of a restavek life. In this episode the tap tap breaks down outside a camp where the driver is robbed by two people who emerge from the dark and then rescued by a dreadlocked young man who emerges from a camp.
The aim of the series is to raise awareness of the challenges caused by the massive displacement of so many in a capital city and the complexity of getting people from camps back to their rebuilt communities. Versions with French and English subtitles will be posted shortly.
ZAKMEL FILMS produced the films based on an original concept from International Organization for Migration (IOM). Filming was made possible through the "16/6" project of the Government of Haiti which is funded by the International Community, IOM produced the film.
16/6 is supported by IOM, UNDP, ILO and UNOPS as well as other humanitarian partners.
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See photos from the first episode, behind the scenes
Terre Neuve is a small town high in the mountains near Gonaives. Its a grinding three hour drive by 4x4 to get there. Thats if you're lucky.
Haitians go back and forth over the treacherous terrain on the back of fast moving motorcycles or crowded rural tap taps.
The poorest of the poor walk alongside their donkeys going to and from markets that may be 15 or 20 hours away on foot.
Its from there, where enormous numbers of people regularly mingle in cose and unhygienic conditions that diseases like cholera can spread.
This may explain why cholera struck remote mountain villages where people have little access to medical facilities.
When disaster strikes, these resourceful people take matters into their won hands. First a neighbor will blow the lambi or conch shell to sound the alarm, as has happened in Haiti across the millennia.
Then if someone has fallen ill, people will literally take the door off its hinges and carry their sick neighbor down a mountain track that may be 8 kilometers long, before reaching a town like Terre Neuve.
Then comes another four hour drives to the nearest cholera clinic, across a rutted, back breaking road.
Voice of the Voiceless - A letter from Benjamin Ousner: The Haitian born, Time Magazine Correspondent Jessica Desvarieux filmed Benjamin reading a letter sent in desperation to the international community. He is one of over 1 million earthquake victims, still living in tents and shelters 12 months after the disaster.
He is featured in an multimedia exhibition and book being published by the International Organisation for Migration. The IOM is commemorating the victims of quake and subsequent roll call of calamities that have befallen Haiti: Hurricane Tomas, the Cholera epidemic, a hotly disputed election, by focusing on those still living in shelters and tents.
Listen to a Denise Jean Baptiste, a mother who fears that without education, her children will fall into a life of crime.
She was photographed by Daniel Desmarais and Videographed with her son who read her letter
Left to survive under a small tarp for a year after the earthquake damaged her family her home, Anite Ipolite, (photographed above by Daniel Desmarais) wrote a letter to the international community appealing for help. Now that letter is part of a major multi-media project to draw attention to the 1 million people still homeless from the quake. Below, Anite tells her own story in a video specially commisioned by IOM.