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The feature length documentary, “Blessed are the Meek,” will present an in-depth look at Haiti after the devastating earthquake of January 2010, that demolished Haiti’s infrastructure and claimed over 300,000 lives. The film will demonstrate individual challenges of recovery effort through the intimate accounts of Haitians and members of the Haitian Diaspora. The Stories of trial and triumph will be told from the eyes of the community: Leaders, ministers, physicians, engineers, children, volunteers, and families for whom Haiti’s recuperation is a daily process. As the nation struggles to overcome poverty, illness, financial instability, and a weakened infrastructure, the film will dispel the myth that those affected by the disaster are helpless by sharing honest portrayals of hope and perseverance.


Director/Producer: Barnard Jaffier

Executive Producer: Samuel Pollard

Editors: Lewis Erskine and Mike Mazur

Colorist/Finisher: Patrick Inhofer

Still Photographer/Production Associate: Andrea Cauthen

Media/Marketing Associate: Cynthia Almanzar

Fiscal Sponsor: City Lore

Legal Counsel: John Ives

Post-Production Facility: Fini


British Born filmmaker Barnard Jaffier has been in the film business for sixteen years as an editor and producer. Barnard’s Journey into film began with the production company Blackside Inc, the filmmakers who produced the landmark award-winning documentary series “Eyes on the Prize: The Civil Right Years”. Other award-winning and critically acclaimed projects Barnard ha contributed his editing and producing talents are: “African American lives”, “The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela”, “Citizen King”, “This Far by Faith”, “Ken Burn’s Jazz: History of America’s Music”, and the Peabody-awarded documentary “Malcom X: Make It Plain”. Barnard Jaffier is the Founder & CEO of Jaffa Films and Jaffa Media Works. Director Barnard Jaffier was awarded the 2011 New York National Association of Black Journalist Award for his film; “Katrina Five Years Later”. (Public Affairs Category).


For over 25 years, Samuel Pollard has had a significant role in bringing programming that illuminates the Black experience in America to both television and theatrical audiences. Mr. Pollard has edited award-winning films including “Jim Brown All; American” (2002); “American Roots Music” (2001); “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” (200); “Bamboozled” (2004) “4 Little Girls” (1997); “Girl 6” (1994): “Clockers” (1995); “No Dreans Deferred” (1994″; “Surviving the Game” (1994); “Jungle Fever” (1991) and “MO’ Better Blues (1990); and most recently Co-Produced, the critically acclaimed, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” (HBO). Mr. Pollard’s credits also include the sires: “I’ll Make Me A World”, and “The rise and Fall of Jim Crow”. both broadcast nationally on PBS. Mr. Pollard is a Professor in the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. Pollard recently won an Emmy as a Producer and Supervising Editor for the Spike Lee Co-produced HBO project, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”. In 2011-2012, Samuel Pollard premiered his latest film, “Slavery by Another Name” at Sundance Film Festival to an enthusiastic crows.


Lewis Erskine has been a film editor for more than twenty years. His credits include award-winning “The Black Press: Soldiers Withoit Sword”; Marcus Garvey: Look for M in the Whirlwind (American Experience”); And two and a half episodes of the Ken Burns series, “Jazz: A History of American Music”. Lewis Erskine has edited the Emmy award-winning “The Murder of Emmett Till”, which premiered at Sundance 2003, and “The Fight”, about the two historic bouts between Joe Louis Vs. Max Schmeling, a Sundance 2004 special jury selection’ Lewis’ “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple”, and “Freedom Riders”, premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival respectively. Recently, Editor Lewis Erskine won both the prestigious Emmy and Ace award for editing the feature length documentary “Freedom Riders”.


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