Wednesday, March 31, 2010

“Grand Mère”: Voice of an Older Haitian Woman after the Earthquake

Roudeline Michel filmed this short documentary sponsored by Ciné Institute that follows Yayi, an eighty-eight year old Haitian, after the earthquake in Haiti. Part of her house collapsed during the earthquake. She survived and was reunited with her very worried daughter and grandchildren.

Yayi recalls how frightened she was when the ground moved. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Haitians feared possible tsunami. Yayi and her family climbed up to prison building and found transportation to the airport where they stayed in the rain. Yayi’s grandson carried her part of the way. Unfortunately, this traumatic experience had some negative consequences on her already weakened health.

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