Dèyè mòn, gen mòn
Behind mountains; more mountains
Beyond Mountains (working title) tells the story of well-meaning teenager who goes to Haiti to help orphans in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and sets her life on an unexpected path. Faced with the realities of life in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, she stayed in the country to help raise awareness about human trafficking and Haiti’s for-profit orphanage system and learns that making a difference requires a different kind of giving.
This feature-length documentary will tell the story of Morgan Wienberg and her community-based organization, Little Footprints Big Steps, as a way to explore the larger themes of human trafficking, international aid and appropriate “giving” against the backdrop of family reunification and the importance of supporting local institutions as a means of international development.
750 orphanages in Haiti
30,000 children in orphanages
80% children in orphanages have at least one living parent
Of the 750 only 35 meet minimum standards of IBESR (Haitian social services)
$70 Million (unregulated) per year provided to orphanages by private donors (equivalent to 1/3 annual US official aid to Haiti)
90% of private donations comes from North America
Thank you to our funders:
Northwestel Community TV, Yukon Media Development and the Canada Media Fund
And our local sponsors:
Air North, Ketza Construction, and Kobayashi+Zedda
From left to right:
Gary Bremner (photographer and digital), Mike Code (sound and drone operator), Kelly Milner (producer/director), Marty O’Brien (director of photography), Naomi Mark (field director and production assistant)