â€śI was at CinĂ© Institute at a meeting with Zaka and Frero to supervise their work (photo of a boat) on a project documentary about water. Suddenly I heard a big noise, and I saw Paula and Andrew jumping off their seats to take refuge under the threshold of the door. Zaka and Frero joined them. Since it was already raining dust from the ceiling, I slipped under a table for protection. The floor was shaking at a growing and irresistible rhythm under my feet.
â€śAfter the jolts, Paula shouted â€śRastafarai!.â€ť Other people were imploring God. I was helping Silver to save a couple of materials when someone shouted: â€ścurrent-of-marsh.â€ť We all ran and left the building. As I ran in the streets (with a computer in my arms) I saw injured and dead people, destroyed houses. It looked like the apocalypse. My motherâ€™s house is destroyed. I lost some cousins and friends and I canâ€™t stop thinking about Cine Lekol.â€ť
Donald Charles, CinĂ© Institute, Jacmel, January 2010
â€śThe town of Jacmel is unrecognizable after this earthquake and all the students of CinĂ© Institute are looking for pictures to show the amount of victims. I am okay, even though my family and I are sleeping in the streets. A couple of my friends died in a school that collapsed. I have relatives in Port-au-Prince that I cannot touch base with.â€ť
Olivier Divers, CinĂ© Institute, Jacmel, January 2010
â€śIt was around five oâ€™clock in the afternoon when it happened. I was working on a short film on top of a house. I felt a vibration, but I never thought that such a terrible earthquake was going to hit us that bad. It lasted a couple of seconds, but it was disastrous.
â€śCinĂ© Institute was hit so bad that we couldnâ€™t work at or usual location. We had to go to a nearby place. Jacmel needs a fast intervention because there were approximately 300 to 400 houses that were destroyed and there are still corpses buried in their houses. Now these corpses are releasing odors which will cause diseases later. CinĂ© Institute still doesnâ€™t have a location.â€ť
Massena Cesar, CinĂ© Institute, Jacmel, January 2010
â€śMy name is Marie Lucie Dubreuse and I am a student at CinĂ© Institute. This is the first time I am seeing the damages of an earthquake. I was at CinĂ© Institute when everything started rolling under our feet. Thank God I wasnâ€™t alone on this unforgettable day. One of my classmates took my hand and ran to the streets with me. Thatâ€™s when I understood what happened.
â€śI ran home to get my daughter that was home at the time. This has traumatized everyone. We are all alive at CinĂ© Institute and we are doing our best to inform you of the situation in Jacmel.â€ť
Lucie Dubreuse, CinĂ© Institute, Jacmel, January 2010