Background on the Filmmaker

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I was born in Cap-Haitian, Haiti in July of 1971. I was raised by my single mother, a hard worker. Growing up in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, I became very close to my grandmother. She always told me don’t trust anybody, be confident in myself, and always share what I have with others. I got my High School Diploma in 1992, and I went to study accounting in College.

I used to be involved in Politico meetings. I wanted to help my country. August 5th, 1995 I received a bullet in my stomach at midnight, and I spent nearly 8 hours in the emergency room fighting for my life. By the Grace of God I survived. However, six months later I was arrested for attending the political meetings.

During my first week of my incarceration, I was in handcuffs, and was not allowed to shower or receive visitors. I was then transferred to the Penitentiary National where I spent 1382 days. After I was given my freedom, someone in the Government offered me a job. I was hired to oversee the Haitian presidential election, and I was overseer for more than 400 hundred people.

I left Haiti in 2003 and have lived in Boston for 6 years. I went back to school and spent one and a half years at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, where I graduated from the Digital Filmmaking program. Now I have a better life and I have two boys, but I still love my homeland and I miss it a lot.

My grandmother died on July 5th, 2008 at the age of 96. Upon her death she gave me one acre of land. My plan is to build a school for my people like a huge “Elementary School” on the land my grandmother left me.

Jean Michel Dilone