If Haiti has continued to resist and exist, it is in large part because of the persistence, discipline, and vision of valiant Haitian women. Haitian filmmaker Etant Dupain has profiled a particular group of women whose work is at the heart of Haiti’s informal economy. Who are they? They are known as the Madan Sara - the namesake of the film.
The upcoming documentary tells the story of the Madan Sara's tireless work as they ensure that food in Haiti makes its way to market each and every day. Despite facing intense hardship and social stigma, Madan Sara manage to put their children through school, provide housing for their families, and ensure a better life for generations to come. The film shows the vital importance that Madan Sara play in the Haitian economy and the challenges they face in a country in the midst of growing instability. It gives a voice to the Madan Sara who speak directly to society at large to share their hopes and dreams for a more just Haiti.
Our goal is to create a film that can serve as a powerful tool in Haiti and beyond to help gain support and visibility for the struggle of Madan Sara.
After a year of hard work, we have wrapped up filming and we need your help to finalize the film! We need to raise a $8,500 from supporters like you in order to do so. These funds will also allow us to do something that hasn’t been done before: host free screenings in public markets across Haiti, including many of which have been the targets of arson in recent months. What we need:
+ Finalizing the film: $5,000
Editing the final cut
+ Showing the film in Haiti - equipment to buy: $1,000
Projector and screen ($600)
+ Showing the film in Haiti - rental equipment for screenings: $2,500
Generator and sound equipment ($2,250)
Chair rental ($250)
Any donation is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping to finish the project. If you can’t give now (or even if you can!) help support the project by encouraging your friends and family to contribute. Thank you very much! Mèsi anpil.
MEET OUR TEAM
Director and Executive Producer: Etant Dupain
Etant Dupain is the Founder and Director of Kombit Productions. As a journalist and producer, he’s worked for documentary films and international media outlets including al Jazeera, BBC, Vice, and Where Did the Money Go?. Now, moved by the strength of his mother and the Madan Sara who make Haiti’s economy run, he’s making his first personal film.
Editor: Tina Cerin
Tina Cerin is a Haitian filmmaker with over 7 years of experience creating both narrative and lifestyle content. She began her career as a content producer at the LA based web platform Black&Sexy TV, where she worked as a writer, producer, director, and editor. Tina is an MFA candidate at Columbia's Screenwriting Directing MFA program.
Executive Producer: Wesley Lainé
Wesley Lainé is passionate about social justice and politics. He is a lawyer by trade. Wesley joined the "Madan Sara" team because he believes the film must be made, and the hopes, values, and dreams of the Madan Sara women are at the core of Haiti’s greater purpose.
Edwidge Danticat: internationally-acclaimed novelist
Camille Charlmers: Economist and political commentator
Clotide Archille: Madan Sara
Once you’ve donated, be sure to follow Madan Sara on Instagram @MadanSaraFilm and Twitter @madansarayiti. Visit www.madansarafilm.com to learn more.
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