A complex historical truth emerges in Nicolas Rossier’s intelligent examination revealing the oft suppressed story of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti, as well as the systematic violence and human rights violations that erupted under the interim government.
An interview with the deposed president, Jean-Bertranc Aristide in Pretoria, South Africa, is juxtaposed with the views of a wider range of supporters and critics, including US Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega. It is not Aristide and the Lavalas supporters who emerge looking like thugs but international interests concerned with suppressing popular democracy and ending the reforms Aristide was capable of making – despite embargoes and the need to service a debt for loans Haiti never received.
History repeats itself in Haiti in 2004 in that the former parish priest had already been deposed as president in 1991 with CIA support. His kidnapping marked the fourth American intervention into Haiti in 90 years. This was also not the first intervention by France. In 1801, Napoleon had the leader of free Haiti Toussaint L’Ouverture, seized and deported to prison in France where he died. While faced with the strangulation of aid, Aristide had begun a campaign for reparations. This provocative investigation draws out the central place of international history in Haiti’s poverty.
The film features an exclusive interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide and other great personalities such as Dr. Paul Farmer, Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, John Shattuck, Gerald Latortue, Maxine Waters, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Laennec Hurbon, Guire Poulard, Noam Chomsky, Timothey Carney, Orlando Marville, Kim Ives, Rav Laforest, Brian Concannon, Mario Dupay, Danny Glover, James Dobbins, Claude Moise and many other Haitian voices.
KQED World on Aug 8, 2012 at 8AM, 11AM and 4AM : http://www.cpt12.