In the ruins of the majestic CathÃ©drale Notre-Dame de L’Assomption
Destroyed on 12thJanuary, 2010, the CathÃ©drale Notre-Dame de L’Assomption remains majestic, it’s pink and cream walls towering over the city of Port-au-Prince. The CathÃ©drale is now open to the sky – a direct view to the mythical heavens. It remains a place of refuge to thousand of Port-au-Prince residents. In December 2010, I walked through the ruins where the rubble remained scattered in small burial heaps and note most of the rubble has now been removed. I had not knowingly walked on the dead before and it left me with a disturbing feeling. Later I realised I needed to create a more intimate and healthy relationship with death and dying.
The oldest neighborhood of the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Quartier CathÃ©drale (Catheral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city, it is also where the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. With its erected columns and open air, the ruins of the cathedral resembles an amphitheater where the daily realities of Haitian life unfolds. Amidst the vestige of what was once the most beautiful cathedrals in the entire Caribbean, children play, women pray, some carry pails and jugs of water from the nearby tap, a white man dressed in black hooded priest garb appears out of nowhere, followed by a cameraman, foreign missionaries snap pictures as they pray for lost souls in a house of worship, men and women roam almost aimlessly in this post-apocalyptic decor…. These images are amongst the impressionist moments interwoven into the narrative fabric of this captivating documentary.