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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009 ~ In honor of Haiti's National Women's Day

Tet Ansanm Productions, Medgar Evers College Film & Culture Series,
and the
School of Professional and Community Development present the New York
Premiere of the documentary: POTO MITAN: HAITIAN WOMEN, PILLARS OF THE
GLOBAL ECONOMY in a celebratory evening of film, music, dance and activism!

"A moving and stirring film, showing Haitian women speaking for themselves.
A must see!" -Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author of Brother, I'm Dying

With performances by Mikerline Afro-Haitian Dance Company and presentations
by Haitian Women's Organizations: Dwa Fanm, Fonkoze, Haitian Women For
Haitian Refugees, Habetac, Lambi Fund and more. New York is home to a large
and active Haitian American community, so it is fitting to have several
local groups as part of this community-building event. As part of the
Medgar Evers' Film & Culture Series and as part of our goal to encourage
audience members to get involved, this multi-media event will be FREE and
open to the public.

Thursday, April 2, 2009: 6:00-10:00 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Literature of local Haitian American organizations available for review

6:30 Performance by Mikerline Afro-Haitian Dance Company
7:30 Film screening of POTO MITAN
8:30 Discussion with filmmakers & presentations by local Haitian-American
9:15 Performance by Mikerline Afro-Haitian Dance Company

Medgar Evers College Film & Culture Series
Founders Auditorium
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Subway lines 2,3,4 and 5 ? Franklin Avenue stop
Contact for theatre: 715-270-4900

"Like most subaltern women, everyone else has spoken for Haitian women. Yet,
we have a history of speaking for ourselves. I support Poto Mitan because it
will offer a rare glimpse into how Haitian women in the struggle understand
their complex conditions and what they are doing for themselves." -Gina
Ulysse, Haitian American anthropologist/activist/performer

Haiti's image in mainstream and alternative media is almost entirely
negative: an endless stream of dire poverty, protracted violence, and
extreme fallout from natural disasters. Poto Mitan provides viewers
desperately-needed historical context and understanding of people
confronting these issues. Told through compelling lives of five courageous
Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face.
Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is
gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions,
violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. While Poto
Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women's
subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates
these are global struggles. Finally, through their collective activism,
these women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country
like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.

Poto Mitan's uniqueness springs from the five women's acute understanding of
the power of film. The women implored us to share their stories with fellow
U.S. citizens who have the power to make change. Haiti's poor majority -
especially women - are often spoken for and about, but rarely given the
chance to speak on their own behalf. Until now.

"Poto Mitan will be a valuable tool. Indeed, the value of the film for
advocacy and education results not just from the quality of the story
telling but also from the quality of the film itself. People will want to
see this film, and... be open to demanding change from policymakers." -Tom
Ricker, Haiti Reborn / Quixote Center

"Poto Mitan is a testimony of the courage, resilience and determination of
Haitian women. Needless to say that I'm very thrilled! I encourage everyone
to support this great endeavour!" -Marlene Bastien, founder?director of
FANM, Miami

To see an eleven-minute version, please visit and to see the first of the five
women?s stories go to You Tube:

For background information, resources, list of community organizations,
action alerts, and to listen to the film's music, please visit us at:
<small>"Follow the grain in your own wood.” ~ Howard Thurman</small>
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