Fabienne Colas
Fabienne Colas pivoted from acting to organizing multiple film festivals throughout the world. Courtesy photo.

This article is part of a series focusing on prominent Haitian-Americans that The Haitian Times has profiled in the past. Titled “What they did next”, the series features well-known members of the diaspora, including writers, entrepreneurs and community advocates.

When Fabienne Colas first arrived in Canada from Haiti in 2003, she admits she was not prepared for the uphill battle of building a career in a new country. 

“As a filmmaker, I did not have a program that could help me do my first film,” says Colas, who was 23 at the time. “I wanted to put things together for others that I did not have, so they won’t have to go through what I went through.”

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.