New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/03/2014 -- Claudine Oriol, Haitian-American actress, director and producer, celebrated the first-ever screening of her documentary film, Resilient Hearts. The screening took place on Thursday, January 30 at the Global Ambassadors Sport for Development Summit, attended by several former and current NFL and NBA players, Olympic athletes, celebrities, friends, ambassadors and world leaders. This year’s summit was hosted by Kweku and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of the late Nelson Mandela, as well as Sidney Rice, wide receiver for the Super Bowl contender, Seattle Seahawks. The screening, which was discussed during the summit by leaders of non-governmental organizations, elicited a strong emotional response from viewers and a dynamic question and answer discussion with the director.
The trailer for Resilient Hearts can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/35607126 (passcode rh123)
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Notable guests in attendance for the screening and summit included:
Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl Wide Receiver; Tyson Beckford, model and actor; Kweku and Ndaba Mandela; Sarodj Bertin, model, actress and former Miss Haiti; Jack Brewer, former NFL players and founder of The Jack Brewer Group; Andre Berto, Professional Boxer, Welterweight Champion; EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills Quarterback; Clinton Portis, NFL Pro Bowl Running Back; Jerry Stackhouse, NBA All Star and Vice President of the NBA Players Association; Takeo Spikes, NFL Pro Bowl Linebacker; Lindsey Berg, USA Olympic Indoor Volleyball; Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals Placekicker; Tony Sanneh, World Cup and former MLS player; Pras Michel, Grammy-winning member of The Fugees; Steve Weatherford, Super Bowl Champion, New York Giants Punter; Julie and Katherine Hansson, former members of the Norweigan Olympic gymnastics team; H.E. Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations; H.E. Ambassador Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations; H.E. Ambassador Charles Msosa, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations; executives with The Clinton Foundation; executives with One World Futbol; and more.
Resilient Hearts, produced and directed by Haitian-American actress and director, Claudine Oriol,* and edited by Jean-Philippe Boucicaut, was inspired by the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti on January 10, 2010. In her directorial debut, Claudine sheds light on Haiti’s unique and rich history, conveys the resiliency of the Haitian spirit and shows the strength and power of a community united. Claudine, who left Port-au-Prince one hour before the earthquake, filmed this documentary as an ode to her fellow Haitians – giving a voice to the voiceless.
-Interviews with Claudine Oriol are available upon request.
The Global Ambassadors Summit brings together athletes, entertainers, diplomats and non-profit organizations from around the globe in effort to create open dialogue surrounding sport for development topics as well as honor the accomplishments made by governments, NGO’s and current and former professional athletes and entertainers towards using sport as a tool to educate and foster social change.
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About Resilient Hearts
Resilient Hearts is a documentary film inspired by the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti on January 10, 2010, and left the country and its people devastated. The film is directed and produced by Haitian-American actress, Claudine Oriol, who left Port-au-Prince one hour before the earthquake, and told through the eyes, lives and spirit of the Haitian people – giving the voiceless a voice. Through a variety of narratives, Resilient Hearts sheds light on Haiti’s unique and rich history, conveys the resiliency of the Haitian spirit and shows the strength and power of a community united. Filmed entirely in Haitian Creole (with English subtitles), this project is an ode to Oriol’s fellow Haitians. The release date for Resilient Hearts has not yet been scheduled. To learn more about this project, visit: www.resilientheartsthemovie.com (website coming soon).