The Democracy in Haiti documentary film project, produced by Nomadic Wax, Vox Sambou,
and ProVision, is in the preliminary stages of editing. In March, when Co-Director of
Photography, Lena Jackson, traveled to Port-au-Prince for the second round of the presidential
elections, she and the ProVision team filmed a number of poetry performances by the Konbit des
Jeunes Penseurs (Collective of Young Thinkers, known in Creole by the acronyn KoJePens).
The Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs is a writing workshop of young people, from their late teens to
late 20s, from various marginalized neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, like Cité Soleil, Delmas
2 and others. The primary objective is to create a safe, comfortable place for people to express
themselves, and the secondary purpose is to create a way for underrepresented young people to
be heard, both within Haiti and abroad.
In November 2011, the group performed a poem montage on the Champ-de-Mars for the
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (in collaboration with the
Haitian grassroots women’s organization KOFAVIV, Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim).
KoJePens members have been hard at work on a play, a comedy about NGOs and domestic
servitude, and just submitted some texts for a Haiti-focused edition of Callaloo literary
The following are short performance pieces by several young artists involved in Konbit des
Jeunes Penseurs. Special thanks to Laura Wagner for all her hard work and dedication in
translating all the performances. For more information on Konbit des Jeunes Penseurs, please
visit their website: http://storiesfromhaiti.wordpress.com.
Élie Dupalis performing Geto (Ghetto)
Assephie Petit-Frère performing Fanm (Woman):
Gerty Metellus performing Twòp poum pale (Too Much for Me to Say):
Bazelet St. Louis performing Wi 2 mil 10 (Yes, 2010):
Bazelet St. Louis performing Plezi Pa m’ (My Pleasure):