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The worst thing for children in natural disasters isn't just the damage that they see around them, but also when they sit around with nothing to do


10 February 2010


STORY: The Haiti Kids Kino Project is a voluntary project traveling to the Dominican Republic to set up a temporary social cinema for children affected by the Haiti earthquakes.

The project will screen films for children and provide workshops, equipment, mentoring and tuition to make their own films. These films will be shown to Haitian audiences and then in the UK.

The Haiti Kids Kino Project is organised by Bristol’s The Cube Cinema own children’s project - Nanoplex, which aims to stimulate and encourage young people’s creativity and active learning. Nanoplex regularly runs children’s workshops, cabarets, film screenings and musical events in Bristol.

The Haiti Kids Kino Project is a micro-humanitarian goodwill project to provide an opening for escape, community, emotion and social occasion to a people and a place devastated by natural disaster. Haitian children are experiencing damage and despair, and further anxiety can grow through inaction, loneliness, isolation and boredom. Sharing the experience of making and watching films, while offering a temporary respite, the Haiti Kids Kino Project will contribute to quality of life through creating, sharing, reflecting, forging friendships and connections.

Patrick McCormick, emergencies communication officer for the UN says:

"The worst thing for children in natural disasters isn't just the damage that they see around them, but also when they sit around with nothing to do. It ramps up anxiety and despair, and that's what does even more damage."

Esther May Campbell, BAFTA award winning director and Cube volunteer says:

"The Cube has always had a fantastically, hands on approach to things. As a provider of grass roots cultural exchange, this is the most direct humanitarian response it can offer. When children, who have suffered these kind of traumas have nothing to do, desperation and anxiety levels shoot through the roof. The Cube has skills, passion and networks, enabling us to create a mobile cinema for young people, intending to offer community, hope and distraction."

The intention is not only to screen films for children, but also to provide workshops, equipment, mentoring and tuition for children to make their own films. These are then projected back to them, and back in the UK. The benefits include temporary childcare, community, sharing stories and the cinematic experience. This is intended to be a long term project that becomes a Haitian led and self sufficient initiative.

Two volunteers will be going to Haiti within the next month and the Cube project is raising funds to equip them with screens, cameras and films, vaccines and to cover travel costs.

'Cinema Kib ape organiz ene banne cinema socyal temporer a kot pu vinne en l aide banne zanfan ki finne soufer dans tremblement la t erre dans Haiti.'

The Haiti Kids Kino Project are urgently looking for donations of equipment and funding. There are many ways of donating:

To donate the old fashioned way, please send cheques made out to ''Cube Cinema Ltd'' , The HAITI KINO KIDS PROJECT c/o The Cube Cinema 4 Princess Row Bristol BS2 8NQ

Or, by bank transfer to the Cube Cinema's dedicated Haiti Kids Kino account.

SORT CODE: 16-58-10
Reference: Haiti Kids Kino Project

- Or donate this way : The HAITI SCREENINGS
You can buy tickets online, by phone or in person from Bristol Ticket Office for a screening in Haiti or The Dominican Republic. And, if you can't make it yourself (!), don't worry because your seat will go to a Young Haitian Person, and the 5 price of a ticket, goes to raising funds for The HAITI KINO KIDS PROJECT .
Please buy as many tickets as you can. Its a great way to donate.
If you want to make a greater donation, please get in touch directly

Note to editors:

The Cube is a volunteer-run organisation, based in Bristol, active in community life, producing and exhibiting art and culture. Recognised for innovation, open-source administration and resistance to difficult times, the Cube also has experience of setting up cultural exchanges and cinemas in challenging locations (Cornish tin mines, abandoned multi-story car parks, permaculture gardens, festivals over Europe, Nepal and in the UK).

Further information on the project can be found at

Press enquiries:

Abigail Stuart-Menteth at Damson PR
m: 07855 526 5550


The Cube are organising organising a number of fundraising events over the coming weeks. They include:

Nanoplex Presents the Haiti Kids Kino Fundraiser, 21 February, Cube Cinema, Bristol

Children's afternoon cinema and workshops, including short and long films, demonstrations on how to project in public spaces and making film postcards for Haitian children, followed by extraordinary evening gig, Kath Bloom (

2pm – 6pm Kids Kino Club Special (film, games and fun)
8pm – 11pm Kath Bloom and Slow (music)

Cost £8 for joint ticket Kath Bloom and Nanoplex Haiti Fundraiser or £4 per child and adult for only Nanoplex Haiti Fundraiser

HOW COME... Presents… A Multi Venue Night of Music, Film and Djs

+ ¨World Beatz co-hosting the bar with World Beatz DJs + Chew Magna + Young Master + Fat Paul + The Janitor + a secret special guest.
6 March / The Cube (6-1am) & The Croft (8-3am) / £8 adv

NOTE: As this is a multi-venue show, a ticket does not guarantee that you will get into the venue of choice.

Tickets for both events are available from:

BRISTOL TICKET SHOP t: 0870 4444 400 or 0117 929 9008 26 Union Street Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 2DP
THE HERE SHOP, Stokes Croft, Bristol

For more info:

Press enquiries to Abigail Stuart-Menteth, Damson PR,

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