Children of Haiti

Children of Haiti

  • BY Alexandria Hammond | IN Social Justice
    Premiered January 11, 2011

About the Film

In the midst of Haiti’s lush mountains and historical relics, hundreds of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children wander the streets day and night. Known as the Sanguine (“Soulless”) and forgotten by their own people, they struggled for survival even before the devastating 2010 earthquake. MORE

Children of Haiti follows three teenage street boys, who reflect on their country and their lives, sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance. Following the evolution and transformation of these boys into young men, this film provides insight into Haiti’s ongoing abandoned youth problem. In the voices of the street boys themselves, the film examines a complicated issue that has plagued the country for decades and grows more severe by the day.

Shot in the historic northern city of Cap-Haitien over a period of three years, Children of Haiti reveals the country’s strange contrasts; a land of breathtaking landscapes and remarkable heritage, but also great human tragedy, all seen through the eyes of these prolific, poetic boys. Despite the nearly insurmountable obstacles, they show that a few can still manage to find hope, and even a little joy, in this harsh reality.


The Filmmaker

Alexandria Hammond

Producer/Director Alexandria Hammond is a Mexican American filmmaker based in New York City. Children of Haiti is her feature directorial debut. She is currently in post-production on a feature film about Memphis garage rock musician Jay Reatard, and in pre-production on a documentary set in Mexico City. LESS

Film Credits

Written, Produced, and Directed by
Alexandria Hammond

Associate Producer
Regine Zamor

Co-producer
Eric Lahey

Cinematography
Eric Lahey
Alexandria Hammond

Music
Emeline Michel
Daniel Bernard Roumain
RAM
Rosemond Jolissaint

Consulting Editor
Sam Pollard

Editor
Alexandria Hammond

Cast

Boys
Denick
Nickenson
Antoine
Peterson
Pa
Karl Henry
Frisenel
Theodore
Mackenson
Guesly
Vanel
Robens
Sonson
James Victor
Reynold Jean-Baptiste
Geraldy
Romane
Ronaldo
Donald Henri
Elvio

Interviews

#1 Guide in Milot
Napoleon Dupin

Translator/ Soccer Coach
Alfred Castel

Adjunct Mayor of Cap-Haitien
Michel Saint Croix

Adjunct Mayor of Milot
Nica Lagredel

Denickis Stepfather
Makenson

Money Changer
Luis Marcellus

Uncle
Ti Frere

Translations and Transcripts
Regine Zamor
Tamara Thompson

Location Translators
Alfred Castel
Denise Kelly
Catherine Behan
Sasha Kramer
Regine Zamor

Assistant Editors
Ian Markiewicz
Max Cavanaugh
Regine Zamor

Time-Lapse Photography
Eric Lahey

Additional Camera Equipment
Abel Cine Tech, NYC
Ackerman Cameras, Portland OR

Film Lab
Lab-Link, NY
DuArt

Video Dailies
Vito Hughes

Music Supervisor
Katharine Applegarth Simons

Location Insurance
Otto Porrazzo

Legal
Alexander Murphy, Esq

Production Assistants
Anne Takahashi
Justine Hammond

Website and Promotional Materials
Mary Church Cornette

Post-Production
Prime Focus, NYC

Online Editor
Euene Lehnert

Colorist
Alex Berman

Project Manager
Bridget Carroll

Sound Facility
Jarpa Estudio

Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Luis C. Acosta Arredondo

Graphics and Titles
Lucie Kim

Location Support
Jessica Lozier
James Kelly
Louicius Micius Eugene
Lesly Saintil
Karl Edddy Lubin
Steve Anthony McIntosh
Nick Berzman
Roi Christophe Hotel
Richard Morse

Music

"Marciela"
Written and Preformed by Emeline Michel
Published by Emeline Michel
Courtesy of Production Cheval De Feu

"Mon Reve" and "Interlude (Soufle Van)"
Written and Preformed by Emeline Michel
Published by Emeline Michel
Courtesy of Times Square Records

"Sky," "Orbit," "Cotillion 1" and "Resonance Two"
Written and Performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Published by DBR Music Productions LLC
Courtesy of DBR Music Productions, LLC

"Divergence" and "Resonance Two"
Written and Performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Published by DBR Music Productions LLC
Courtesy of Thirsty Ear Recordings

"The Need to Follow"
Written and Performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto
Published by DBR Music Productions LLC
Courtesy of Thirsty Ear Recordings

"DBRClogs"
Written by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Wynne Bennett

"Erzuli O," "Kadja Bossou," and "Simbi Macaya"
Perfromed by RAM
Published by Willibelle Publishing (BMI)

Special Thanks
Peter Bavaro
Susan Bissell
Sandy Bodecker
CRUDEM Foundation
John Dauer
Nadege Fleurimond
Global Potential
Jeff Hammond
Margarita Hammond
The Hatfield Family
Rika Iino
Katharine Kean
Kodak
Robert Mastronardi
Albert Maysles
David Piperni
SOIL
Milton Tabbot
The Zamor Family

Fiscal Sponsor
IFP New York

This film was produced by Strange Things Productions, LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.

(c) 2010 Strange Things Productions, LLC. All rights reserved.

Since the earthquake, millions in aid dollars and thousands of volunteers have barely made a dent in the rebuilding process. Can anything save Haiti?
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Since the earthquake, millions in aid dollars and thousands of volunteers have barely made a dent in the rebuilding process. Can anything save Haiti?