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Pulled from the Rubble
Wednesday January 12 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network
Immediately after the Haiti earthquake struck, international rescue teams arrived and started the gruelling job of locating and digging out survivors from the rubble. In total, 132 people were pulled from ruined buildings by these teams. Many of these rescues were filmed and the footage captures the extraordinary bravery and skill of the resucers, and the resilience and fortitude of the survivors.
With contributions from the survivors, their families and their rescuers, Pulled From the Rubble, tells the remarkable story of these rescues and the ongoing stories of the survivors over the next six months as they try to rebuild their lives.
Survivors include Wismond Extantus, who lived on biscuits and Coke for 11 days before being rescued. Lin Vanessa, a three-year-old girl, was pulled from the wreckage of an orphanage where 56 children died. She is currently awaiting adoption. Romel Joseph was the principal of a music school before the earthquake and has vowed to rebuild his devastated school.
When the earthquake struck, it did not discriminate over who it trapped, so the survivors represent a remarkable cross-section of Haitan society. The film uses personal stories to explore what will happen to Haiti next and to provide a picture of society in crisis.