Montreal: Screening of “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go” and “Baseball In the Time of Cholera”

by Canada Haiti Action Network
Cinema Politica Concordia is
hosting the screening of two outstanding films, “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go” and “Baseball In the Time of Cholera” on Mon., Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm
in Room H-110, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., Montreal, Canada. The showings will be
followed by a panel discussion. The panelists are to be announced.
the United States alone, half of all households gave a total of $1.4 billion to
charities after the January 2010 earthquake, yet almost two years later more
than half a million people still lived in squalid camps. Only a few had access
to drinking water. Sanitation was woefully inadequate. Malnutrition and cholera
were on the rise. What happened?

Where Did the Money Go,” cameras
take viewers to crowded camps where thousands of families live under tattered
tarps beside overflowing latrines, and then into the board rooms of relief
organizations, where journalist Michele Mitchell asks the American Red Cross
and others about why conditions in Haiti continue to deteriorate when people
have donated billions of dollars for aid.
visited camps in Haiti in fall of 2010 and again ten months later in fall of
2011. “I was shocked to see how much worse things had gotten.” While in spring
of 2011, half of the camps had access to drinking water, by fall that number
had dropped to only 7%. Although the UN estimates a need for 12,000 latrines,
far fewer were built and most of those aren’t working, leaving the camps with
one working latrine for every 300 people.
travels with relief workers who had high hopes for a coordinated effort to
rebuild Haiti, but are now frustrated to see that conditions fall far short of
recognized standards for relief housing. Relief workers and journalists on the
ground tell her this is business as usual in the aid world.
            “Baseball in the Time of Cholera” is the
story of a young Haitian boy who plays in Haiti’s first little league baseball
team and Mario Joseph, a Haitian lawyer seeking justice against the UN. As the
epidemic spreads, the two stories intersect in the struggle for survival and
Mitchell and lawyer Nicole Phillips of the Institute for Justice and Democracy
in Haiti (IJDH) will be speaking in Vancouver, Bellingham, and Seattle from
Jan. 9-11.
more information on both the Pacific Northwest and Montreal showings, call the
Canada Haiti Action Network at 778-858-5179.