Two years ago, over two million Haitians saw their lives change forever after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked their country, killing over 200,000 and displacing 1.5 million people.
The world reacted quickly, sending in aid and recovery teams, pledging money and support to rebuild a country that already experienced high levels of poverty and inequality.
Since the immediate earthquake aftermath the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working with the Government of Haiti and a wide range of national and international partners, civil society organizations — and especially with the affected communities, with Haitians at the centre of the recovery process.
Haiti Rebuilds, a 20-minute documentary was created by recently graduated students from Ciné Institute, Haiti’s only professional film academy in the southern coastal town of Jacmel. It was co-produced by UNDP and mentored and directed by award-winning documentary-maker Jonathan Stack.
The film depicts the reconstruction process through the lenses of young Haitians who have witnessed the earthquake’s devastation; but also the tremendous resilience of the Haitian people, taking the reconstruction of their country — and their future — into their own hands.