Haitian-American director and global philanthropist Claudine Oriol will screen and discuss her captivating documentary “Resilient Hearts” at Foxcroft School on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Highlighting the culture, history, and resilience of the Haitian people after the January 2010 earthquake, the film screening is the latest offering of the Alison Harrison Goodyear ‘29 Fellowship Program, and will be followed by a Q&A with Oriol.
The public is invited to attend the event in the Engelhard Gymnasium of the Athletic/Student Center on the School’s Middleburg campus. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please email email@example.com to reserve your seats.
Following the tragic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Oriol was moved to write and direct the documentary “Resilient Hearts.” Having departed Port-au-Prince for New York City just one hour before the earthquake struck, she spent the next three years interviewing survivors, hearing their stories, surveying the destruction, and witnessing the strength, unity, and opportunity for her fellow Haitians to grow and rebuild as a country. In January 2014, the debut screening of “Resilient Hearts” took place at the United Nations among world leaders, entertainers, and professional athletes.
Both personally and professionally, Oriol strives to make a lasting impact on the lives of others. In 2010, as a response to the aftermath of the earthquake, her Lespri Foundation partnered with Usher’s World Leadership Award to present a medical clinic to Mayor Jeudi of Delmas, the biggest district in Port-au-Prince. Her philanthropic endeavors in Haiti have also included work with young children at the Delmas Juvenile Jail and she has discussed building a learning center in the Municipality of Delmas to benefit residents throughout the capital. In April 2009, she co-hosted a luncheon for US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) with Pras Michel, an award-winning music artist and former member of The Fugees. In addition, Oriol was recently nominated as the Entertainment Relations Representative for the UN Millennium Development Goals with The Jack Brewer Foundation.