“Lift Up”: Documentary on Haitians’ Resilience to Screen at UMBC (1/27)

Huguens Jean ’03, ’11, Ph.D., electrical engineering, and Clifford Muse ’11, information systems, returned to Haiti in March 2010 after the devastating January earthquake to fulfill their grandfather’s last request. Dying of cancer, he asked that, at his funeral, they celebrate his life and “find the joy.”

“I had no idea what that meant until we encountered these people in Haiti,” said Jean, “These images of life continuing on.”

The brothers missed their grandfather’s funeral when the earthquake made travel to Port-au-Prince impossible, but they resolved to find a way to honor his memory. The new documentary film “Lift Up,” co-directed by Jean and UMBC alumnus Phillip Knowlton, records their journey back home.

We welcome UMBC community members to see the film this Thursday, January 27, at 8:00 pm in the Skylight room (UMBC Commons). Admission is free. Learn more at www.umbc.edu/window/liftup.html.

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