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Director Has Haitian Students Help Him Editing 'We Are the World'

February 11, 2010, 7:39 am GMT

As he wants Haitian people to take part in the new 'We Are the World' video, filmmaker Paul Haggis has invited a group of Haitian film students to help him working on the project.

Paul Haggis

Oscar winner Paul Haggis has invited a group of Haitian film students to help him edit the new "We Are the World" video. The "Crash" writer/director filmed the historic recording session of the revamped Michael Jackson / Lionel Richie tune last week, as stars like Celine Dion, Lil Wayne, Natalie Cole and the Jonas Brothers teamed up to give the 25-year-old song a modern sound and now he's racing against the clock to make sure the promo is ready for its debut during the telecast of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada on Friday night, February 12.

But he's not alone in the editing suite - he's called on a little help from the people who will benefit from the "We Are the World" profits. Haggis, who chose to visit earthquake-ravaged Haiti rather than attend the Golden Globe Awards in January, says, "I want the Haitian people to be a part of making this."

The moviemaker and founder of the Artists for Peace and Justice charity, which has been raising money for Haiti for many years, admits he's struggling to complete the video in time, "We haven't looked at a third of the footage and we've been here for a week."

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