Kenbe Fem

Kenbe Fem, roughly translated as “to hold firm”, is a common phrase in Haitian culture. This series is inspired by the documentary entitled Kenbe Fem to represent the resilience of the Haitian community. Despite all that Haiti has been through over the past two centuries, to “hold firm” was most relevant as many people watched their homes and over 250,000 people perish during the earthquake on January 12, 2010.

The inception of our story follows David Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American and Seattle art-venue owner, on a son’s journey to find his mother after the devastating earthquake. Immersed in the ruins, he is challenged to fill the gaps lacking fulfillment by the Haitian government & various NGOs.

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