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Papa Machete: A Short Film About Haitian Machete Fencing

Papa Machete tells the story of Alfred Avril, an aging farmer who is also a master of the esoteric art of Haitian machete fencing.

Documenting the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing through the story and practice of one man.

Our team recently completed filming of Papa Machete, a character-driven short film […]

Ayitian Ourstory with Professor Bayyinah Bello

In this fascinating interview with leading Haitian historian Professor Bayyinah Bello (State University of Haiti) you will learn about the birth of the First Black Republic in the West as she reflects on the 200th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution and its legacy. An excellent introduction to Haitian history suitable for 11th graders to […]

Hating the Root: Attacks on Vodou in Haiti

by Akinyele Umoja Haitian practitioners of Vodou, an integral part of the nation’s culture, have been set upon and lynched by evangelical protestants linked to the U.S. Right. “The promotion of a religious civil war among Haitians is part and partial of the colonial counter-insurgency ‘play book.’”

“The lynchings were mostly conducted […]

Haiti’s Founding Document Found in London

Haiti’s Founding Document Found in London By DAMIEN CAVE Published: March 31, 2010 New York Times

There is no prouder moment in Haiti’s history than Jan. 1, 1804, when a band of statesmen-warriors declared independence from France, casting off colonialism and slavery to become the world’s first black republic.

They proclaimed their freedom boldly — […]

Haiti: Rising from the Ashes (Extended Preview)

Haiti: Rising from the Ashes (Extended Preview) from MerKaBa Films on Vimeo.

Haiti: Rising from the Ashes documents the coalition efforts of a Haitian and Black group from America team sponsored by the Prisoners Of Conscience Committee and HERF. The team is comprised of medical personnel, journalists, and filmmakers providing aid despite the blocking […]

Earthquake in Haiti – Bayyinah Bello Interview: 11 Part Series

Earthquake in Haiti – Bayyinah Bello Interview – Part 1 – Tremblement de Terre From: africanbushdoctor | February 10, 2010 | An excerpt from an interview with Bayyinah Bello – Port au Prince, Haiti Interviewed by Nana Kimati Dinizulu in Port au Prince, Haiti February 2, 2010 One January 12th 2010, a catastrophic earthquake occurred […]

“Haiti: Killing the Dream”: Excerpt of Documentary on Centuries of Western Subversion of Haitian Sovereignty

To put the history of Haiti in context, we turn to the 1992 documentary Haiti: Killing the Dream produced by Hart and Dana Perry of Crowing Rooster Productions and narrated by Ossie Davis. In this excerpt, the film looks at the nearly twenty-year occupation of Haiti by US Marines beginning in 1915. [includes rush […]

Haiti on Our Minds by Mumia Abu Jamal

Haiti On Our Minds Mumia Abu-Jamal 1/16/10

The recent natural disaster in Haiti, has once again, thrown Haiti into the eyes of the world, and once again, brought out both the best and worst of us.

The sheer scale of human suffering has evoked massive compassion, as governments far and wide mobilize to assist […]

Actor and Activist Danny Glover on Legacy of US-Haitian Relations Dating Back to 1804

Democracy Now January 19, 2010 Danny Glover is an acclaimed actor, director, producer and longtime friend of Haiti. His directorial debut, Toussaint, focused on the life of François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, a former slave who became one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804.

JUAN GONZALEZ: We’re joined here in New York by […]

Teary Eyed Wyclef Jean Calls For Mass Exodus Of Haiti Capital “Port-au-Prince Is A Morgue”

NEW YORK – Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean defended his charity on Monday in the wake of questions about its practices while calling on the international community to enable the evacuation of his homeland’s earthquake-ravaged capital.

“Port-au-Prince is a morgue,” Jean said at a Manhattan press conference, recounting how he collected the corpses of small […]