David Belle

David Belle first travelled to Haiti in 1993 as a young filmmaker. A few years later he built a house on Haiti’s southern coast. In 2004 David co-founded Haiti’s International Film Festival in the coastal town of Jacmel as a way of supporting the country’s creative and tourism industries. He then went on to founded Haiti’s national film school, Ciné Institute, to educate and support young local filmmakers.

In 2009 he joined the board of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, David and APJ established the Academy for Peace and Justice, the largest middle and high school in Haiti, and the Artists Institute, a five acre campus in Jacmel that provide professional training and technical resources to power a youth-led creative economy of local film and music production.

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