35 long seconds: Haiti’s deadly earthquake. (35 secondes fatales)
18 min – 2010
Director: Mario L. Delatour
Although difficult to imagine, Haiti lost in less than a minute its National Palace, the National Legislature, the Departments of Education, Health, Finance, Justice, and Culture. The offices of the National Police and the old Army barracks were destroyed. 250,000 buildings collapsed in Port-au-Prince, including 25,000 commercial buildings but worst of all nearly 300,000 people perished and 1.5 million were left homeless. The January 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti was one of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded in history. Overnight Haiti lost 80% of its gross national product.
The film is narrated by Mario L. Delatour. 35 long seconds: Haiti’s deadly earthquake records the sad events on that ill fated day.
Festivals and presentations:
The United Nations, New York – March 30th, 2010. The Museum of African History-Smithsonian, Washington D.C. – July/October, 2010. The Black Film Festival of Montréal – September, 2010.