Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Sunday In Hell

Was listening to a story on NPR this morning about the destruction of Jacmel, the artist community in Haiti. The story mentioned that Jørgen Leth,the Danish filmmaker, a resident of Jacmel, barely escaped with his life.

Leth, you may recall, is the creator of perhaps the most well-known documentary about bike racing, A Sunday In Hell, an intimate portrait of Paris-Roubaix. Actually, my favorite Leth film is the lesser-known Stars and Watercarriers, which documents an edition of the Giro d'Italia.

Anyway, my understanding is that Jacmel, like many other outlying communities, has not yet received aid because the major relief organizations are concentrating their efforts in Port-au-Prince, where the need is the greatest.

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