Cinépolis Foundation Christie Screen Free Movies for Haitian Earthquake Victims

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Thu, 04/29/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Last month the Cinépolis Foundation’s social outreach program entitled “Let's all go to Cinépolis Haiti” screened 11 movies on donated Christie digital cinema projectors and reached more than 70 000 people devastated by the February 12th earthquake. 
 Let's all go to Cinépolis Haiti was a joint effort between the Cinépolis Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Haiti FilmAid International DOR Internacional and Christie Digital Systems. This partnership aided in the reconstruction of Haiti by promoting positive messages and by bringing a moment of relaxation and joy as the country continues its recovery.  
 Prior to the screenings Lorena Guillén-Laris executive director of Cinépolis Foundation said ‘Let's all go to Cinépolis Haiti’ seeks to provide glimmers of hope and moments of family life that contribute to the emotional state of our Haitian brothers and sisters. We want to laugh dream and be inspired by positive messages. The short films will encourage them to be strong and move forward.”

 The movies were shown nightly on a 15-meter inflatable screen in shelters located throughout Port au Prince and surrounding areas and included short and feature length Hollywood movies. The short films with themes of survival unity and civic participation included I'm Still Alive Grand Mère Mechanistic and Volunteer as well as shorts recorded by survivors of the earthquake. The full feature movies included 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea Ice Age Ice Age: The Meltdown and Night at the Museum. Twentieth Century Fox supplied the last three films. The films were spoken or translated into French and Creole the national languages of Haiti.