BELIZEIFF REVIEW by William Ysaguirre
Belize City, November 11, 2021

In unity there is strength, for the survivors of Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.

Belizean survivors of hurricanes Earl, Richard, Dean, Iris, Keith, Greta, Beulah, Janet or Hattie will totally relate to the survivors’ resilience, which director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi has documented in his real-life account: “We Still Here”.

The Maria survivors refuse to admit defeat, even when the federal government leaves them with electricity and running water for seven months after the storm. Over 600,000 Puerto Ricans left the island after that storm, but indefatigable young people of the mountain community of Comerío choose to stay and rebuild their homes and help their elders to rebuild their lives. They are led by the effervescent 24-year-old Mariangelie Ortiz, as they rise to the challenge to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and take on the responsibility of community services.

Even the U.S. federal government cannot intimidate these courageous youths as they leave their island refuge to journey to Washington D.C. to march on Congress, to force the authorities to sit up and take notice of their plight, as they unite and overcome.

This film is available for streaming for Worldwide from Nov. 5th – Nov. 14th.

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