In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, failed reconstruction has pushed social unrest to the breaking point. Protests erupt in the streets, and armed UN soldiers stalk the angry crowds. But a group of young Haitians, driven by their passion for a new Haiti, is sparking social change. To democratize information and offer hope to the population, they produce a radical newspaper, Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye (Noise Travels, News Spreads).
Noise Runs follows this team of idealistic citizen journalists as they confront the problems that NGOs and government could not solve. Undaunted by the threat of an oppressive government, they maneuver their way into prison to visit a political prisoner and unravel the story behind his illegal arrest. Unfazed by the downpour of Tropical Storm Isaac, they take us into the tent camps of Port-au-Prince to investigate the housing crisis that has left more than 250,000 people homeless. With youthful optimism, they strive to catch international attention via Twitter and YouTube. Their on-the-ground accounts take the audience beyond the characterization of Haiti as “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,” putting a human face on the statistics and challenging stigmas of victimhood.
At this important moment in Haiti’s history, Noise Runs offers a glimpse into a mass social movement as it emerges, fueled by the power of citizen journalism. As we witness the Bri Kouri team planting seeds for social transformation, a new narrative for Haiti unfolds: ordinary citizens can stand up to realize the country they envision. And their victories are victories for Haiti. The political prisoner is released, to great celebration in the streets. Meanwhile, Bri Kouri continues their work across the city, educating fellow citizens and speaking truth to power. A personal look at empowerment, set against the backdrop of a nation devastated by natural and man-made disaster, Noise Runs is a story of triumph over repression and a testament to the power of hope.
In 2015, Noise Runs was an official selection at the Miami Women's International Film Festival, the Cleveland Film Festival and the Africa World Film Festival. It was awarded Best Director and Best Sound Editing by the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) and continues to screen for audiences worldwide in SIMA's international traveling series.