A special screening of the 2012 documentary film Haiti: Where Did the Money Go? will take place Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 in the Okanagan College campus theatre.
The film is presented as a prelude to the annual documentary film festival which takes place March 7 to 10 at University of British Columbia and Okanagan College. See www.worldfilmfestkelowna.net for more information on the festival.
In the United States and Canada alone half of all households gave a total of $1.6 billion to charities, yet three years later more than half a million people in Haiti still live in squalid camps. Only a few have access to drinking water. Sanitation is woefully inadequate. Malnutrition and cholera are on the rise.
What happened? Haiti: Where Did The Money Go? asks the pivotal question: why did so much money buy so little relief? And why are so many still living in squalor?
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.
Stuart Neatby and Erin Seatter will attend the film screening on behalf of Haiti Solidarity BC. They were part of the Canada Haiti Action Network delegation that visited Haiti for two weeks in March and April of 2012. The report of their visit can be read at canadahaitiaction.ca/content/housing-haiti-canadian-aid-and-post-earthquake-recovery.
The Haiti Solidarity BC activists will lead the discussion and question session after the film.