Kevin Pina is a journalist and film maker who divides his time living in California and Haiti. His newest documentary, "Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits!" will be released in Spring '07.
Pina reported extensively
from Haiti for FLASHPOINTS, a radio program heard daily on KPFA, the
flagship station of the Pacifica Network. He is also an Associate
Editor of the Black Commentator online magazine and the Founding Editor
of the Haiti Information Project (HIP), an alternative news agency
operating in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Pina was beaten by an off-duty SWAT officer of the Haitian National Police on June
4, 2005, for his actions during a demonstration on May 18, where he and
several Haitian journalists blocked police from firing on unarmed
protestors. He was arrested on Sept. 9, 2005 and held in a Haitian jail
for three days after covering the attempt of a corrupt judge to plant
weapons in the church of prisoner of conscience Father Gerard Jean-Juste.
According to Catholic liberation theology priest Gerard Jean-Juste, "Pina is a consistent voice for the people of Haiti. I will always have to remember Kevin Pina for his courage. On May 18, 2005, the police wanted to shoot at the unarmed demonstrators but Kevin put his life and his camera between the guns of the police and the people. He saved many lives that day."
For more information about Pina's release of his latest documentary about Haiti : www.haitiinformationproject.net