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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu


FAU Hosts Film Series to Benefit Haiti

BOCA RATON, FL (January 29, 2010) – The department of languages, linguistics, and comparative literature in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host a film series to benefit victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti from Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 12. The film series serves the dual purpose of raising funds for the rebuilding efforts and providing a forum for learning more about the rich cultural and historical heritage of the country.

Film distributors have waived screening rights for this event, allowing for all donations to go to relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. All films will be screened in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, on the Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 or more. Donations can be made in the form of cash or checks made payable to “Partners in Health.”

 “In solidarity with our many Haitian and Haitian-American students and friends, and in partnership with the university’s student organization, Konbit Creole, we hope to raise funds for the Haiti-based NGO, Partners in Health. One hundred percent of all donations will go to this organization with 20 years of experience on the ground in Haiti,” said Dr. Carla Calargé, assistant professor of Francophone studies at FAU. “It is important that our students feel that the education that they are getting here at FAU is helping them better engage with the world, help solve its problems and make them more responsible people. Education is not about accumulating knowledge but rather about using that knowledge to help make the world a better place.”

The films include:  

  • Monday, February 1, 7 p.m.
    “Egalité for All: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution”
    The Haitian Revolution was the only successful slave insurrection in history. The man  at the forefront of the uprising was Toussaint Louverture.
  • Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.
     “The Road to Fondwa”
    The Road to Fondwa tells the powerful story of a rural Haitian community poised to change the future of Haiti one university student at a time.
  • Monday, February 8, 7 p.m.
     “Heading South”
    Three North American ladies head to Haiti in the late 1970s for an escape.
  • Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m.
     “The Price of Sugar”
    The film follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. The film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.

For more information, call Dr. Calargé at 561-297-3860 or email ccalarge@fau.edu.

- FAU –

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