Huguens Jean, ’03, ’11, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, and Philip Knowlton, ’03, Visual Arts, in Heed Magazine

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 of them. As he was dying of cancer, he asked that at his funeral they celebrate his life and “find the joy.” 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.

Learn more about the making of the film and the filmmakers’ experiences in Haiti in a new interview from Heed Magazine. The community is invited to attend a free screening of the film at the Pratt Central Library in Baltimore on Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. Arrive early as seating is limited.

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