Bound by Haiti Garners National Attention

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Dieubon, Bougher and Safiullin in front of the Capitol Building.

Third-year students Jon Bougher and Roman Safiullin’s film Bound By Haiti has receieved its share of recent attention.  The students were invited to screen their film on Capitol Hill. The screening, which was sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, was open to all on the Hill and attended by US Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-NY). They’ve also recently screened their film at the University of Florida, Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Miami’s Little Haiti Cultural Center after an invitation from a city councilman.

Bound by Haiti is the story of Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon two young international activists forced to deal with the tragedy of the Haiti earthquake first-hand. Raised on a wealthy resort, Aaron has dedicated his life to eradicating intestinal parasites in Haiti. Born and orphaned in Port-au-Prince, John’s mission is to inspire a new generation of Haitian children.

But when the earthquake of January 12, 2010 strikes, Aaron and John must confront the biggest challenge of their lives. The filmmakers, staying outside Port-au-Prince, captured the tragedy during this devastating event. Featuring rare video and photos from immediately following the earthquake, Bound by Haiti follows these unlikely friends on a journey for change before and after the most devastating international event of our time.