RAI Film Presents: How (Not) to Build a School in Haiti

Directed by: Jack C. Newell
Runtime: 1h 30min Certificate: TBC

Details

Directed by: Jack C. Newell
Runtime: 1h 30min Certificate: TBC
Topics: Sociopolitical

Development, history, and colonialism collide when a seemingly simple aid project spirals out of control in Haiti. When a headstrong American clashes with a Haitian leader it forces a reckoning on privilege and power.

After hearing a podcast in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, semi-retired construction worker Tim Myers is so moved he decides to build a school in the rural Haitian community of Villard. He meets his counterpart Anselm Saimplice, who readily accepts Tim’s vision for a new school. Very quickly, things spiral out of control. Trying to teach Haitian labourers new skills, Tim imposes his style of construction and values. And as filmmakers and aid workers spend more time in Villard, Saimplice reveals himself to be quite different from the vibrant, selfless community leader the radio story represented.

Subverting the typical NGO film, the filmmakers follow through on unexpected plot twists, weaving them together with expert interviews clarifying the larger historical and social context of the school project. Ultimately the filmmakers must question their own complicity in the byzantine network of international aid, NGOs and documentary storytelling itself.

Presented by RAI Film.

Screening times and booking

Thu 27th Jun 18:30

Please note: There are only 5 mins of trailers before our screenings

Prices

Peak: £9 (£7 concessions)

Please note: There are only 5 mins of trailers before our screenings

Prices

Peak: £9 (£7 concessions)