Haiti 10 looks at music and resilience in post-earthquake Haiti
By David Sands
September 8, 2017
Victor Wooten makes a memorable appearance in a new documentary called Haiti 10 that explores how faith, love and music help a community persevere in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
The film, now available for free viewing on Youtube (WATCH BELOW), centers around a remarkable family, the Pierres, that photojournalist (and Haiti 10 director) Jon Moyer met during a visit to the island nation following the destructive 7.0 earthquake that hit there in January 2010.
Moyer was impressed with the work Pastor Pierre, his wife and their 10 kids were doing to contribute to recovery efforts in Port-au-Prince, which included raising 20 orphaned or homeless children with the help of his congregation. On a return trip to Haiti, he learned that the pastor’s second oldest son, Bekenson Pierre, was a bassist whose instrument had been wrecked in the earthquake.
This is where five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten, one of Bekenson’s bass idols, comes in. Inspired by the young man’s story, Moyer (with the assistance of his fellow photographer Pete Johnston and music industry mover and shaker Josh Vittek) arranged for Wooten and his wife Holly to visit the Pierres in 2012. During the meeting, they also delivered musical equipment donated by music manufacturers, including an Arona 5 electric bass and EARTH100 acoustic guitar from Cort Guitars; A25 Bass Combo amp from Hartke; and bass strings, t-shirts and more from Dean Markley USA.
Moyer’s film documents the visit (including memorable scenes of Wooten and Bekenson playing for one another) and looks at how residents of Port-au-Prince are doing their best to recover from the catastrophe that struck their island seven years ago.
“When I first heard the story of Bekenson and his family, I knew I wanted to help. When I heard that Bekenson was a fan of my music, I knew that God had made a way,” Wooten says in a narration. “I can’t wait for my kids to see this film because I think it’s not only going to help them, but I think this film can help the world.”
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