Thursday, September 17 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Send in the Clowns: Changing the Face of Humanitarian Aid

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Director: Sam Lee
Run Time: 01:23:00

Synopsis: Send in the Clowns is a character driven narrative that follows performers from the organization Clowns Without Borders. Their mission is to travel to areas of crisis and relieve stress and suffering through laughter. The clowns are volunteers; armed with a unique set of skills and an earnest desire to change the world, but is their work any different from all of the other agenda-driven aid organizations? In 2009 the clowns go to Haiti, a country known as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere with the highest number of NGOs per capita in the world.  While there is a positive response to their work, the clowns are conflicted by the overwhelming needs of the Haitian people and their effectiveness in a place saturated, yet sustained by international intervention.

In 2010, Haiti is hit by a devastating earthquake. An outpouring of aid floods the country in an attempt to address the immediate demands of food and housing. But in the wake of such extreme devastation, what is the point of sending clowns? Send In the Clowns begins as a film about artists with good intentions but slowly reveals Haiti’s crippling and conflicted relationship with an arguably more absurd global aid industry.

Thursday September 17, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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