There is perhaps no other place in the world so constantly put-upon has Haiti. It was already the most poverty-stricken country in the western hemisphere even before it was beset by one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded in human history with the 2010 earthquake, and a year and a half later, it's still picking up the pieces. That's the not-exactly-ebullient focus of Nou Bouke: Haiti's Past, Present and Future -- the title means "We're Tired," by the way -- but if it seems a more than a little depressing, it should nevertheless prove at least enlightening.
Produced by theMiami Herald
in conjunction with theNuevo Herald
, Miami's Spanish-language paper, the documentary uses an urgent, hand-held camera format to track down people who lived through the quake and let them tell their own stories in their own words -- and given the circumstances, some of those stories can be pretty raw. Still, there are notes of hope as well: In the face of serious disaster, many of the film's subjects are still optimistic, and if nothing else, it certainly shows the kind of extreme resilience people are capable of.
It gets its first Denver-area screening tonight at 7 p.m. at eventgallery 910Arts. Admission is free, but don't be a cheap-ass: There's a suggested donation of $5.
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