One Hundred Dead People in My Truck

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This film from 2009 documents the American-born missionary priest who buries Haiti's nameless dead to the strains of a brass band playing Verdi, and the inspiring work of two Irish women who have been battling to save the lives of its destitute poor.

A convoy of pick up trucks stacked high with cardboard coffins lurches its way through one of the world's most dangerous slums; the trucks are carrying the bodies of up to 100 people; they are being taken to the outskirts of Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti, to be buried. The funeral service, which is repeated every Thursday morning, is both surreal and disturbing.

The documentary takes it title from a remark by Fr Rick as he stacked his truck with the bodies of men, women and children. The bodies were a tiny fraction of those which pile up each week in the morgue of the main hospital in the capital. Their families cannot afford to bury them but every Thursday Fr Rick and a team of volunteers take them to a valley ten kilometres from the city and lay them to rest.

An RTÉ Production