Jan 5, 2011

Newspaper's Haiti footage grows into pubTV documentary

Two Florida newspapers, an indie filmmaker and WPBT2 in Miami are joining to present "Nou Bouke: Haiti's Past, Present and Future," an hourlong documentary that provides a comprehensive overview of the ongoing challenges to the island nation following the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010.

The Miami Herald used its online video footage to create the TV program, said WPBT2 spokesperson Neal Hecker. "This might represent a new model for public media in print and broadcast to work together in a less traditional way," Heckler told Current.

A videographer for the El Nuevo Herald, the Miami Herald's Spanish-language publication, is director of photography for the film.

"The magnitude of this catastrophe really required coverage beyond traditional news stories from the field," said Nancy San Martin, the doc's executive producer. "We hope this film provides insight and provokes some reflection on Haiti's plight.''("Nou bouke" translates to "we're tired.")

WPBT2 will premiere the film Jan. 11 at Miami's Little Haiti Cultural Center, and repeat it on the air on Jan. 13. A live call-in hour will follow, featuring reporters and filmmaker Joe Cardona. Island TV, a local Haitian cable channel, is planning a simulcast and will have its own live program in Creole.

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