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Creole Interviews after the première of CNN's Rescued

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Yanick Landess: Would you please tell me your name and what you do for a living? My name is Nickymix. I am a TV host, a technician, and a DJ. We met here tonight. We just watched this interesting documentary film named: RESCUED. What kind of impact do you think this film will have on the viewers? How do you feel after watching it tonight? I think the more documentaries like this one are made, the more aid we will receive because we need to give donors a reason to give, because hearing people talk about it and seeing it are two different things. When you see what's happening over there (in Haiti), I think if you wanted to give $100, you will give $200 afterwards. I think they need to keep doing this. It's a good thing for everyone to see it. I would like it to be translated in Spanish, in French, in all languages, to let more people know, for more people to be touched by this documentary. Good evening! Would you please state your name and tell us what you do? My name is Elizabeth Guerin. I am a journalist, Radio-TV host. So, I am very happy to be interviewed. I am waiting for the questions. Elizabeth, KozeAyiti is very pleased to speak with you. Tonight, we were at the première of the very moving documentary: RESCUED. We saw the sad situation of the "restavèK" as described. How do you feel now after the viewing of this film? What is your opinion about the "restavèk" situation? Can you elaborate on that? This is a question that I like to be asked because this theme touched me deeply, And I worked hard to change that situation. I was collaborating in Haiti with a very valuable man. Let me seize this opportunity to name him. It's Father Miguel Jean-Baptiste. He is the founder of "Foyer Maurice Sisto", a children center. He was providing services to the slave-kids, giving them a chance to learn how to do something, to get some vocational training, to be somehow educated. That's why I want to take off my hat and salute him. We cannot talk about restavèk in Haiti and not talking about Father Miguel Jean-Baptiste who is still begging for assistance for those slave-children in Haiti. What I think of the restavèk situation: this is something that hurts me! Remember, we the Haitian people, in 1804, we became the first black independent nation. What did we do? We replaced the colonists! We became the new colonists. We put our own children in slavery! This is something I will never be able to fully understand. How could Haitians, how could people, human beings, have the guts to abuse children like that? Instead of educating those children, they leave them in illiteracy; instead of teaching them, helping them, they crushed them. They put them instead in slavery. We should not be afraid to say it loud: Restavèk is slavery. I think, in this 21st Century, that type of slavery should have been abolished a long time ago. This is something I will not be able to process in my lifetime. I just can't digest it! Yanick Landess: What do you wish to see? Well! I have so many wishes. I wish for Haiti to get well. However, for Haiti to get well, Haitians need to be more aware, more consciencious. They need to know their flaws. They need to be willing to stop being selfish. Our national motto on our flag is: UNITED WE STAND STRONG! It's like because our motto is to stick together, we are taking the opposite road. But, Haitians have shown in the past that they are capable of solidarity. In US, when they are under accusations, when issues are being raised against Haitians, they united. It happened on April 20, in New York, a few years ago, when all Haitians walked massively over Brooklyn Bridge in New York. They were protesting against the label of "AIDS carrier" that they were trying to put on Haitians. So we can unite. When Haitians want, they can. But, until now, we haven't made progress. I don't know what we are waiting for to move forward and progress. It's like we are blocked. So, first, I wish for Haitians to be consciencious. And I wish them to also stop procrastinating. Every time we have a good idea and we procrastinate, there is no execution. We have good ideas: we want to do this, we want to do that, lots of talk and talk. But no action. I wish we start something, some good actions. I also wish Haitians to stop hating each other. Yanick: Thank you for this interview. Elizabeth: Thank you. Yanick: It was my pleasure! Bye! Bye! Yanick Landess: Good evening! Tell me your name. -I am Robert Duval. Yanick: Good Evening Mr. Duval. What do you do? I am the President of the center: L'ATHLETIQUE D'HAITI. It's a training center, a development center for youth, for children from 6 to 19 years old. We are in Cité Soleil, Drouillard and we have 3 more centers in Jeremie, Simonec, and L'Artibonite. Wow! That's a beautiful project! Tell us more about the centers. I have been doing this for 15 years. This is what I do. I run after school programs for empoverished children. They come after school to do sports, to play soccer, basket ball, atletism, ping pong, karate, kick boxing. We give them all the materials. We provide a nurtured environment. And the children fully developed themselves. Last year, we won the soccer championship for less than 17 in Denamark. Congratulations! What kind of help do you need? Is there anything you wish you could have right now? We always need shoes, soccer shoes, balls, uniform. We need infrastructure and development materials. We also have a school. We need food. We always need food. Robert Duval: Do you understand? Yanick: OK! I do. We are pleased to meet with you tonight at the première of the CNN movie: RESCUED. How do you feel after watching it? What do you think of it? Well! I think it's a good movie. I noticed that CNN used this technique of focusing on one child. What I worried about was that they wouldn't be able to show how big and how complex the problem is, not only in Port-au-Prince but in Haiti in general. And it's worse now, after the earthquake. But I really appreciated the film. CNN is a big broadcasting company. They managed to grasp Haiti, the name and the problems. Yanick Landess: Are you satisfied? Robert Duval: Well! Yes, I am pleased with their work. Yanick Landess: Thank you so much for this interview. Robert Duval: OK! Thank you. Yanick Landess: You're welcome.

Video Details

Duration: 6 minutes and 4 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Producer: KozeAyiti.org
Director: Tod Landess
Views: 178
Posted by: koze on Jun 29, 2010

Yanick Landess interviews audience members and panel participants after the première of CNN's Rescued with Soledad O'brien on May 4 at the Unversity of Miami School of Communication's Bill Cosfrod Cinema. It was presented by the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center.

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