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Published on Jul 7, 2011
Film@11 started when a few international journalists were having a beer at the Yak and Yeti hotel in Kathmandu and decided to make content that counts. "Bullshit-Free Since 2008," the company focuses on tough stories told in interesting ways.
So it's not surprising that we wanted to know what happened to the $1.4 billion that 50% of American households gave to charity following the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. In November, we found squalid camps of 9,000 with nine toilets, nearly 3 million displaced persons, and charities living in comparative luxury with an utter lack of accountability. This became our five-part web series, "Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?" The PBS station in Oregon then agreed to be the presenting station for a national television broadcast. (That's PBS-speak for: do a TV version and we'll get it out nationally.)
Usually corporations step in to sponsor PBS programming. This is especially critical now, because in the current economic climate, PBS both nationally and locally has no money to help with productions. But in our case, corporations are proving to be afraid. Said one: "We told our employees to donate to the Red Cross and others. We can't tell them now that money was wasted." So, we are turning to IndieGoGo to help defray the costs of production and broadcast.
We believe that it is possible to raise what we need via small donations. There is in Haiti what Refugees International has called an "ongoing emergency response," and by bringing this truth to a wider audience, we hope to bring about an accounting of what has become known as disaster capital.