Documenting for the Cine Institute reflected just how powerful education is and that putting a camera in the hands of a student not only gives them the dignity of telling their own stories but creates a sense of autonomy through cultural growth as well as economic growth.
Ciné Institute provides each student with a full scholarship, made possible through private donations.
Ebby Angel Louis attended the Cine Institute in the summer of 2008 as a student of the first class of the school. After the earthquake of January 2010, he was feeling lost for a quite a while with very little inspiration. He spent 2 years away from the Cine Institute, but still continuing to write and work small jobs in the culture of audio-visual life around Jacmel as well as Port au Prince.
In 2011 Ebby directed a short film for UNICEF in collaboration with the Cine institute and it was the start of his returning to the environment of the institute.
In summer 2012, Ebby began working at the Cine Institute as a library manager, teacher’s assistant, translator for guests and aiding in workshops.
Today he continues as head of the library, the ‘cine club’, organizing cinema history and film analysis and moderator for workshops on leadership and culture for both visual and audio. He has also produced and directed three short fiction films while using his own salary to do so.
“Because of the Cine Institute my family and friends from Jacmel see me differently and with respect when they know I am part of the staff of this great Institution that people in Jacmel are proud of. I have the privilege to work in a field I really like and have some money in my pocket to help myself as well as family members who may be in trouble. There is not enough work in Haiti and there are not enough jobs. To have a job is a great privilege but to find a job in field you admire is a luxury!”
– Ebby Angel Louis
Keziah Jean is a Haitian filmmaker/photographer and one of the few Haitian women to work as a professional filmmaker. She graduated from Cine Institute Film Academy in 2011.
She began her career as a journalist and a photographer before switching to filmmaking where she has had the opportunity to live two of her greatest passions: story telling and visual arts. Over the years, her professional career led her to be involved in a broader perspective of improving the life of people living in tough conditions. She joined actor Sean Penn’s humanitarian organization, J/P HRO, where she served as a visual communication specialist and videographer for more than four years.
Due to the stories Keziah has witnessed, she has been inspired to become a documentary filmmaker. She is addressing even the most taboo subjects and believes that obstacles and difficulties of life, when addressed creatively, can help build a better future. She has also collaborated with a few major Hollywood productions such as Serial Pictures and Farm League. With a few friends, she started Genglobe productions, an independent film and video production company based in Haiti. Mainly interested in the production of films dealing with social, political and human rights issues, Genglobe Productions is also providing corporate communication videos for a wide range of clients, from corporations to charities. Recipient of the Bursary Award in Sarajevo for Cine Institute, she has been invited as special guests in several international film events such as Haiti Optimist, Ischia Film Festival and the Montreal Black Film Festival. Her films have been screened in several festivals such as the Woodstock Film Festival, the Saint Barthelemy Film Festival, the America Molo Man Film Festival and many more.
The Ciné Institute provides each student with a full scholarship, made possible through private donations.
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