Heroes of the Sun: Hope and Music in Haiti's Cité Soleil Heroes of the Sun: Hope and Music in Haiti's Cité Soleil

Heroes of the Sun: Hope and Music in Haiti's Cité Soleil

by Fabienne Lips-Dumas

August 2, 2013

Yes, Cité Soleil still lives with the fear of gangs—especially at night, the gang extortion and the corruption of the local authorities are excruciating. It is hard to work for the improvement of this community, but as hopeless it may seem, everywhere I found people who devoted all of their resources and their energy for the better good. They are daily heroes and that is why I decided to entitle my documentary Heroes of the Sun. 
Here are some of them:
Barbara Guillaume with her medical clinic, her crusade for women and her unfinished school looking for the poorest kids, is one of them. Jorel Joachim, the new director of Radio Boukman, born at the worst time of Cité Soleil—when the United Nations decided to occupy with their tanks—keeps the station alive with a minimal budget, but in doing so created a space for dialogue, recognition and peace. Julio Alissage, the director of a school where two hundred fifty students cram into a single room divided by black boards, manages to distribute rice and beans each day and fill the empty stomachs. Johnny Jeudy, the fisherman who casts a safety net on behalf of elders who cannot fish anymore. 

Following those people, discovering the simple gratitude they are able to express—like the tailor, for having received the gift of the sewing machine when she was young—wringed my heart and, even if I could not deny the violence and corruption in which this community was trying to survive, I appreciated the way they gave me access and wanted to share their stories. Recognition was part of the support they needed to be vindicated in their seemingly impossible task: changing Cité Soleil.
Those stories are poignant and numerous. They form a tapestry of initiatives that can change the life in Cité Soleil. 
Barbara Guillaume said, “If you can change Cité Soleil, the whole country will know it can change.”
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Heroes of the Sun: Hope and Music in Haiti's Cité Soleil