Anything Is Possible For Michael Capponi

Belle is a member of the group Artists for Peace and Justice, which has attracted major star power to Haiti, including recent visitors Penelope Cruz, Clint Eastwood, Demi Moore, Ben Stiller and Victoria’s Secret head photographer, Russell James. Film director Paul Haggis (Crash) recently gave a master class to students at the Ciné Institute.

Some of the group have been involved in Jacmel for some time, including Bello and New York film director David Belle who runs a film school in Jacmel, the Ciné Institute. Others, such as legendary designer Donna Karan and tennis star Venus Williams, were introduced to Haiti after the earthquake, along with Capponi.

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This piece about 39-year-old promoter and construction company owner Michael Capponi) does more than an excellent job of covering Capponi’s past and current successes, business and humanitarian efforts and seemingly endless positive beliefs and energy. “Tale of a Key Rat: The Michael Capponi Story” also openly explores the personal challenges Capponi faced as a young man and outlines how those challenges turned him into the business and cultural leader he is today.

The author, David Adams, pays close attention to the past, present and future throughout the piece by repeatedly mentioning Capponi’s present works and then relating them back to Capponi’s past experiences and his ideas for the future. Lastly, Adams provides one of the best behind-the-scenes accounts about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Capponi’s emergency response efforts and Capponi’s continuing attempts to revitalize various cultural centers in Haiti, like Jacmel, where a rich art history exists.

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