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  • Follow three, homeless teenagers as they struggle to survive on the streets of Haiti.

    Follow three, homeless teenagers as they struggle to survive on the streets of Haiti.

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  • Filthy streets and beaches jeopardize the health of Denick and his friends.

    Filthy streets and beaches jeopardize the health of Denick and his friends.

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  • Homeless youth in Haiti are twice-orphaned: first from family, then by government.

    Homeless youth in Haiti are twice-orphaned: first from family, then by government.

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  • For Nickenson, a hard life has left him scarred, with little hope.

    For Nickenson, a hard life has left him scarred, with little hope.

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  • How has the earthquake impacted the already dire lives of Haiti's orphans?

    How has the earthquake impacted the already dire lives of Haiti's orphans?

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  • Denick 17, inside his house

    Denick 17, inside his house

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  • Street kids hanging out at night

    Street kids hanging out at night

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  • Street boys singing at night

    Street boys singing at night

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  • Denick walking in his neighborhood

    Denick walking in his neighborhood

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  • Night shot city streets of Cap-Haitien

    Night shot city streets of Cap-Haitien

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  • Main character Denick staring out at the sea on the main boulevard of Cap-Haitien

    Main character Denick staring out at the sea on the main boulevard of Cap-Haitien

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  • Nickenson playing at Labadie Beach, the tourist destination for American cruise lines

    Nickenson playing at Labadie Beach, the tourist destination for American cruise lines

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The Film

In the midst of Haiti’s lush mountains and historical relics, hundreds of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children wander the streets day and night. Known as the Sanguine (“Soulless”) and forgotten by their own people, they struggled for survival since long before the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Children of Haiti follows three teenage street boys, who reflect on their country and their lives, sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance. Following the evolution and transformation of these boys into young men, this film provides insight into Haiti’s ongoing abandoned youth problem. In the voices of the street boys themselves, the film examines a complicated issue which has plagued the country for decades and grows more severe by the day.

Shot in the historic northern city of Cap-Haitien over a period of three years, Children of Haiti reveals the country’s strange contrasts; a land of breathtaking landscapes and remarkable heritage, but also great human tragedy, all seen through the eyes of these prolific, poetic boys. Despite the nearly insurmountable obstacles, they show that a few can still manage to find hope, and even a little joy, in this harsh reality.

The Filmmakers

  1. Alexandria HammondProducer/Director
  2. Eric LaheyCo-Producer/ Cinematographer
  3. Regine ZamorAssociate Producer/ Post-Production Translator