Millions were left homeless from the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12. Five months later, one and a half million are still on the streets, living in tent cities. Their one respite from the day-to-day troubles? Playing soccer.
According to NBC Nightly News' "Making A Difference" segment, soccer is one of the most popular recreational activities in the tent camps, and the World Cup is "a big deal." NBC documented producer Caroline Baron and her quest, along with FilmAid International, to set up a satellite feed in a damaged Haiti stadium to broadcast the World Cup to thousands of fans.
Baron, a producer of such films as "Center Stage," "Monsoon Wedding" and "Capote," had some nervous moments before the first game as the satellite feed was not producing an adequate picture. Some workers for FilmAid International feared that many of the fans in attendance would riot if the broadcast did not come through.
Since 1999, FilmAid International has worked to provide vulnerable communities worldwide with inspiring cinema-going experiences.