Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Directed by 

Haiti Relief Benefit Screening
at Amherst Cinema
co-Director Renee Bergen in Person!
All proceeds go to PARTNERS IN HEALTH and FONKOZE

Monday February 1, 7:00 and 9:00 only

This new documentary gives a platform to five poor Haitian women whose voices would otherwise not be heard. Speaking from their own experience working in factories in Haiti and organizing grassroots campaigns, the women critique globalization and neo-liberal economic policies from the perspective of those it affects most immediately. The film shows how Haitian women are not only the poto mitan or center post of their families and communities, but also how they bear the weight of the global economy.  

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the image of poto mitan becomes all the more poignant. As Haiti seeks to repair its collapsed infrastructure and heal the millions whose lives have been disrupted, the demands on the poto mitan of Haitian society will become all the more extreme. All proceeds from ticket sales, as well as donations made at the screening, will be sent to Partners In Health (www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti), to support urgent medical needs, and Fonkoze (www.fonkoze.org), to help Haitian women rebuild Haiti through micro-financing. 

We are delighted to announce that co-director of the film, Renée Bergan, will introduce the film and take questions in a discussion facilitated by Carolyn Shread (Mount Holyoke College) after the screening. 

Directors: Renée Bergan and Mark Schuller. 50 mins, NR 

Co sponsored by: Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, Amherst College Women's and Gender Studies Hampshire College Women's Studies, Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies, Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, UMASS Amherst Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the following UMASS Amherst organizations/departments: Everywoman’s Center, Graduate Employees Organization, History Department, Political Economic Research Institute, Women of Color Leadership Network and Amherst Cinema