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October 23, 2019

APJ Festival Gala 2019


APJ Festival Gala 2019

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Proud Native of Cayes Jacmel, Marie Mercie Andris, is a graduate of the Artists Institute class of 2009-2011, and a rising star in film production.
Marie Mercie specializes in production, having worked on various film sets for titles including: Samy 2011 (PSI/Haiti), the Arcade Fire music video 2012 that would go on to win an award; Lalo’s House 2017; and Machan Fig la, which is the second feature film produced by Artists Institute graduates.
Marie Mercie began her love for cinema at a very young age. Apparently, she was also a bit of an entrepreneur. As a kid, she would run errands for her parents in town—for a small fee—until she saved up enough to buy a ticket to the movies.
When the Cine Institute opened its doors and offered training in Cinema, it was her dream come true. She enrolled and quickly rose to the top of her class, displaying clear leadership and strong opinions by using the power of cinema to educate women from her town.
Marie Mercie has always been very sensitive about the situation of women in Haiti, and more specifically, in her hometown. Many of her friends and neighbors had to drop out of their studies because of unplanned pregnancies. Marie felt it was possible to change the situation with hard work and leadership…
So, in 2016, she ran to become the Mayor of her town. Her dream was to empower young women through education and although she lost her first campaign, she followed through on one her election platforms. Marie has started a community of local art groups that have become an outlet for self-expression and a voice for women’s empowerment.
Marie Mercie is a role model for us all, and she is leading by example.

The Academy for Peace and Justice has taken the Academic Decathlon Championship, beating 15 secondary schools across Port-au-Prince!!! The student team made up of juniors and seniors had been practicing with their teachers for months in preparation for these matches and systematically took out schools as they made their way to the final match this past Friday. Our CEO, Marchelle Sellers, was in Haiti last week and got a chance to meet the co-ed team during her school visit, as they were making their final preparations – “you could see how excited and nervous they were”. They went on to win and we couldn’t be more proud. A HUGE celebration and WIN for the students and teachers and for APJ! Bon Bagay!!