Haitian Amputees' Story of Triumph and Survival to Premiere at Portland Film Festival
Documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific Aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake will be a featured presentation at the Portland Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Cinema 21(616 NW 21st Ave.).
"Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti" tells the amazing story of children who not only recovered physically, but also helped recast the perception of the disabled in Haiti a country that is often considered one of the poorest in the world.
"This film shows that when there is The Will do so both in terms of those providing aid and those receiving it lives can be saved and transformed by a program that is truly sustainable," said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson, executive producer of the documentary. "The work of the dedicated medical staff and the unbreakable spirit of these Haitian young people in circumstances most of us can't imagine are truly inspiring."
The film focuses on a segment of Haitian society that might easily have been ignored the thousands of children who underwent emergency amputations in order to survive the shocking carnage that unfolded four and a half years ago. Not only did these young people survive, they thrived and formed an amputee soccer team that helped to change the hearts and minds of many Haitian people.
"In Haiti, there has long been a stigma about disabled people," explained Dr. Robert Gailey, rehabilitation coordinator for Project Medishare, the group that runs the amputee rehabilitation program in Port-au-Prince. "The traditional thinking was that disability somehow reflected a negative supernatural judgment on the person. This rehab program, and the soccer team, has really changed that way of thinking."
In the wake of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, well over 100,000 people were killed and another 1.5 million left homeless. Countless thousands were seriously injured. As the events unfolded there were many stories of tragedy, but also of heroism and the unbreakable nature of the human spirit.