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Afghanistan Special: Presenting "The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film"

"‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness" - Full Version from Michael Sheridan on Vimeo.

The Fruit of our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film is a series of short documentaries offering a corrective to Western-centric accounts of life in Afghanistan. Focusing on issues of social and economic development, as documented and told by Afghans themselves, the films work to puncture typical mainstream perspectives centered on conflict, corruption and humanitarian relief. As such, they present intimate glimpses into routine struggles of employment, education and health and of accomplishments and failings at the level of community and infrastructure.

The ten documentaries, produced by Michael Sheridan for Community Supported Film, are available to watch online until 7 October, the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. They are also currently being screened in cities across America and have just been released on DVD. American audiences to date, observes Sheridan, have been “dumbstruck” by seeing a side of Afghanistan --- the everyday life, difficulties and opinions of its citizens --- routinely hidden in the view of the mainstream media. Indeed, for some, the films are simply unbelievable, given how removed they are from the national portrait painted by CNN, MSNBC and FOX.

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Haiti Video: 20 Months after the Earthquake, A People Abandoned (Al Jazeera English)

Twenty months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Sebastian Walker of Al Jazeera English finds that "millions of Haitians are still living in makeshift camps, cholera has become an epidemic and the aid money has run out":


Haiti News and Video: The Arrest of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier

On Tuesday, two days after he returned to Haiti from a 25-year exile, former leader Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was charged with corruption, theft, misappropriation of funds, and other crimes during his rule from 1971 to 1986.

Haiti Snapshot: Thoughts on Watching the Return of "Baby Doc" (Shahryar)

The video shows an enthusiastic crowd welcoming Duvalier, 59, as he is taken away.


Haiti Snapshot: Thoughts on Watching the Return of "Baby Doc"

Hope –-- no matter how difficult it might be to keep –-- is more important than the damage the earthquake, the Duvaliers, and the inattention of the world did to Haiti all these years. It was that hope that gave birth to a nation. And it is that hope that will define the future of that nation.

The effects of last year’s earthquake will disappear in time. The homes that have been destroyed will be rebuilt. The children who have been orphaned will grow up. The souls that were tortured by the past year of hell will heal. They will rebuild Haiti. They will cleanse it of the vermin that have been feeding off it from inside and outside.

Jean-Claude Duvalier and his saprophytic kin will die.

But hope will live. And with it, Haiti will too.  

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