“REACHING FOR THE STARS IN HAITI”, 2010
All the while working full time at the Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince during the aftermath of the quake, I used to tour the city to visit street camps and destroyed neighborhoods to see if there were amputees or severely wounded individuals whom we could help at the hospital. While visiting one of the biggest city street camps, located on the Champ de Mars, I was stroke by the deadening silence. Here are 50,000 people, as per the camp manager, and thousands of children and yet no laughter, no games being played, nothing but oppressing silence. It is then that I realized that these traumatized children needed some serous fun to get them out of that silence and back into their childhood.
I didn’t think they would be cured with a one-time event, but I did think that it would give them permission to laugh again.
It so happens that my friend, Natasha Tsakos,** is an internationally renowned multimedia performance artist [ www.natashatsakos.com ] who captures the pulse of our time. She also happens to be a superb clown in the vein of the mime Marcel Marceau, and knows how to touch children’s hearts and minds without uttering a word. When asked, she immediately volunteered and brought on board Lucky Bruno, a fellow theater performer.
This video is a snippet of their stay in Haiti’s capital and surrounding areas – we visited schools, our hospital, and street camps. The children experienced simultaneously joy and fear because the majority never saw a clown before– but they all laughed, many through their tears.
** Natasha Tsakos is a conceptual director, interactive designer, idea generator, show producer and motion and visual Performance Artist from Geneva, Switzerland, living in Florida. She is the current president and founder of NTiD Wikipedia.
“WOMENS’ VOICES AND CHOICES”, 2015
Our socio-economic development program, Talia Farms, is designed to benefit all who participate in our common efforts to build thriving communities. Yet, it is undeniable that women require special attention for they are the pillars of their communities and yet, much too often, are denied their rightful place at the decision-making table.
This short video is the confirmation of our commitment to women’s equality and our awareness of ensuring their equitable inclusion and representation in all that we do.
This video was directed by Fabian Cardenas, Cinema 360 Films http://www.cinema360films.com/