Kids from LIFE, a day camp designed to empower Haitian and Haitian American middle schooler’s in North Miami, were my first editor’s for the 2nd draft on my feature length documentary La Belle Vie: The Good Life.
The kids divided their thoughts into 3 categories. Here is what they had to say:
THINGS THEY LIKED
- "I liked the way you show Haiti in beautiful ways and in trouble ways"
- "I liked the way you show people trying to show a difference"
- "I loved the fact that you are learning more about your roots"
THINGS THEY DIDN’T LIKE
- "I didn’t like seeing the footage of the Earthquake. "
- "When the man who left Haiti and said "Haiti is finished!"
- "I didn’t like the fact that there are few good schools in Haiti."
THINGS THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND
- "I know Haitian’s love to sing. Why is everyone singing?
- "Why are the people who are trying to help Haiti are looked at as ‘crazy.’"
- "Why did it take so long for Rachelle to know her history."
Kids are very perceptive. I appreciated everyone’s honesty. With just a few weeks away from a final edit, I anticipate this fresh look on Haiti and the Haitian experience will bring on a whole new discussion on Identity and the redevelopment of Haiti.