On Wednesday, July 18, an important film screening and discussion was held in Congress. Co-produced by actress Olivia Wilde, and awarded Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Baseball in the Time of Cholera” documents Haiti’s cholera epidemic through the eyes and voice of a young baseball player. It provides a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of this crisis, as well as the hope and resilience of the Haitian people.
The public release of this film coincided with the delivery of a letter, signed by 104 members of the U.S. Congress, to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The letter requests that Ambassador Rice urge the world body to act decisively to address Haiti’s cholera crisis. MCC has joined other Human Rights groups, faith-based organizations and NGOs in commending this letter. “Members of Congress have joined a growing chorus calling for UN authorities to work with Haiti’s government and the Haitian people to confront and ultimately eliminate cholera,” said Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director of MCC US Washington Office.
“Baseball in the Time of Cholera” is approximately half an hour long, and can be viewed below in its entirety. It can also be watched online at undeny.com, where you can sign a petition calling the UN to accept responsibility for the outbreak and take the lead, logistically and financially, in ending the crisis.
For more background on Haiti’s cholera crisis, read the blog post here.