Florise: The Beauty of Haiti

A short documentary showcasing the true beauty of Haiti, which the media fails to portray, through the eyes of a 15 year old girl named Florise.

  • Albert Rano
  • Sofia Sellar
  • Juliette Bouchet
  • Jude Hazlett
  • Will Solomon
    Sound Recordist
  • Hélène Choyer
  • Noah Kowalski
    Sound Designer
  • Fedno Lubin
    Assistant Director
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    8 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Albert Rano

Albert Rano moved to Boston, MA from the Philippines at age 18. He studied Visual Media Arts at Emerson College (B.A.) He proceeded to work part-time, as a Director of Photography and Editor at Votary Media along with freelance work with MIT, Sparkling ICE and BELLA + CANVAS. In his free time, Albert loves to spend time with friends and to go on adventures.

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Director Statement

In January 2018, I was asked to direct and shoot a short documentary in Haiti - a country so foreign and mysterious to me. Haiti has been painted in a bad light by the media, especially with our current administration. I related to this deeply, as I'm from the Philippines. “Florise - The Beauty of Haiti” aims to showcase the true beauty of Haiti through the eyes of a 15 year old girl named Florise. I’ve never been so passionate about a piece, especially since everyone that worked on it did it entirely out of passion to tell a simple yet powerful story. My experience in Haiti really left a mark, as it reminded me so much of home, which I will never forget.I hope the world can see the beauty of Haiti the same way we did.