Published on May 2, 2012
A Creative Essay by Lahiny Pierre
The interviewees who participated in the making of Haiti on Demand, are knowledgeable on the topic of "Haiti Problems", a wide range of testimonies to include those who suffer the daily toils, the university students, the grassroots workers, the professionals and or individuals, who have acquired first person knowledge of Haiti by visiting and or through civic engagements.
This creative essay is divided into ten parts: Each part is to be read along with the video clip, video youtube address is listed on the cover page. The format is certainly nonconventional, the clips will demonstrate I am not a professional videographer, secondly, as I have deliberately chosen not to capitalize the names of certain institutions as required by conventions of literary canon. The title of this creative essay, Haiti on Demand, is also misleading with intent. But it is that very same "dismissal with intent", which gives the title ground for truth. One is never quite sure what the demands are inside Haiti, especially when it comes to finding explanation for the influx of foreign workers in the country and secondly the circulation of money between the countries involved in the occupation of Haiti. We can see outside involvement is deep and numerous to maintain the occupation of Haiti, an infrastructure governed and maintained by foreign social, financial, and governmental institutions, thus, the rising trend of Haiti on Demand. This creative essay also gives the Haitian, under occupation, a chance to speak in the first person point of view; it gives the world access to direct information (read full essay
Haiti On Demand: © 2012 Lahiny Pierre All Rights Reserved
The idea of using video footage as factual additive to the creative essay took me out of my comfort zone. Even while engaged in the process of documenting through the written word, I was concerned to not cross the lines between the traditional documentary and the extremes of a creative essay.
The subject of "problems" in Haiti is not novel; it is only the recent earthquake of January 12, 2010 that has reiterated to the world Haiti's handicaps and its proximity to Western wealth. To the logical spectators, it doesn't make sense that Haiti is so poor yet fuels the wealth of it's neighborhood super power countries. How? That is a matter for demonstration and that is why this creative essay serves as outlet, to encourage debates that bring about some answers, and work.