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Hidden Pearls

Hidden Pearls is a documentary that explores the socio-economic state of Haiti through a personal lens. Vanessa Bateau's interest in Haiti is sparked in America from all the beautiful stories that are told from Haitian immigrants. She travels to Jacmel and Port au Prince to capture the side of Haiti that the mainstream media seems to be lacking. She makes stops at Filmmaker Mario Delatour's home and the Ciné Institute (Haiti's only film production school) for interviews to learn about the country's history and hopeful future.

  • Vanessa Bateau
    The Burtons, POV, Disney's Marvel's Dare Devil on Netflixx, Scrolii, Beautiful Killer
  • 15L Productions
    Beautiful Killer, The Rythm
  • Stefanie Alleyne
    Beautiful Killer
  • Claudina Bravo
    Key Cast
    Lead Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, African American, Haiti, Latina, comedy
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2016
  • Country of Filming:
    Haiti, United States
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  • Paramount Screening Room in NYC
    New York, NY
    United States
    July 15, 2016
    Private premiere for close friends, family and crew
Director Biography - Vanessa Bateau

Vanessa Bateau produced her first documentary, "Scrolii", as a participant at the HBO Young Filmmakers Lab. Following Reel Works, Vanessa became a member of the Youth Organizers Television (YO-TV) crew at EVC, which produced "Still Standing", a documentary on Hurricane Katrina survivors both in New York and in New Orleans. Hidden Pearls is Vanessa's sixth film and it explores the socio-economic state of Haiti through a personal lens. Vanessa Bateau is currently the Operations and Media, Manager for Spike TV in their Brand Creative Department.

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Director Statement

Dream big. Accomplish BIGGER.