LOUVRI POU MWEN, which means “Open for Me” in Haitian Creole is a short film that tells
the intimate stories of two young women from neighborhoods at conflict in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
and the enduring plight for peace despite their own physical and mental traumas.
Jess DiPierro Obert is a visual journalist and filmmaker based between New York and Haiti (2016-2021). She is focused on reporting on stories related to women, abortion rights, human rights, immigration, identity, mental health and trauma.
In 2014, Obert completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona. During her studies, she specialized in Gender, Religion and Sociocultural Anthropology. In 2015, she completed a six-month internship at The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC, which inspired her to move to Haiti, where she lived for five years. In 2020, she received a Still I Rise Films Visual Arts Grant to work on a film about women peace builders in conflict zones within Port Au Prince, Haiti. The short documentary film is scheduled to be released in 2022.
Her work has been published in numerous publications including Buzzfeed News, 1843 Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Univision, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The New Humanitarian, and Rest of World.
From 2018 to 2020, Jess led a series of workshops for Girls Voices, a nonprofit organization that empowers young girls globally to develop their media storytelling skills.