Cannes: Sean Penn in Focus in 'Haiti Untold' Documentary

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The film, which will premiere in Cannes, looks at the Oscar-winning actor's work in rebuilding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Haiti Untold, a new documentary looking at the efforts to rebuild the island nation after the devastating 2010 earthquake, will have its world premiere at the Cannes market on Wednesday.

The feature-length doc focuses on the efforts over the last three years by non-governmental organizations in rebuilding Haiti, including the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, the group set up by Oscar-winning actor and activist Sean Penn.

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Some of the other notables featured in the film include Joey Adler, the CEO of Canadian NGO OnexOne, fashion designer Donna Karan and former NHL star Georges Laraque.

ID Communications is screening the feature-length doc for buyers at the Marche du Film. The company said Haiti Untold is intended as a correction to the “first world bias” seen in the mainstream media's reporting on the disaster and its aftermath.

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"Though the earthquake happened now more than three years ago, the film brings much needed positive attention to a country still very much re-building,” said Dan Shannon, who co-directed Haiti Untold with Isabelle DePelteau. “It is quite stark, the contrast between the way the country in all its challenges is portrayed in the mainstream media and what you see on the ground."