Two filmmakers use their storytelling chops to ignite positive change in the world and created this colorful postcard from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Painter of Jalouzi is a short film narrated by Duval Pierre, a local artist who provides some inspiring perspective on painting the Jalousie slum district with bright, vivid colors.
Pierre sets it up: “Imagine a world without color. That place would be so empty. Life can be challenging and hard. Without color it would be impossible.”
The Jalousie in Colors project was initiated by the Haitian government, and is also partly an homage to Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut. Although there’s no expectation that painting the neighborhood will resolve the hard issues faced by the people of Jalousie, Pierre breaks it down for us. “I believe color has the power to transform my community,” he says. “Color gives us dignity. Color gives us identity. Color gives us hope.”
“I teach the children of Jalouzi how to paint because it’s our children who will paint Haiti’s future.”
David Darg and Bryn Mooser made the short film for RYOT, a part of the Huffington Post media group with a mission to fuel positive change in the world through immersive-style media coverage.