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“Aristide and the Endless Revolution” with Filmmaker Nicolas Rossier
April 27, 2006 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
While the international community passively looked on, the democratically elected president of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere was violently deposed twice. Aristide: and the Endless Revolution (2005) investigates the events in Haiti that led to the second brutal deposition of Jean Bertrand Aristide. The archival footage and interviews soon make it clear that the United States played a key role in this. Former colonizer France also had substantial interests in the developments in Haiti. Shortly before his second deposition, Aristide demanded that France pay compensation for the damage his country had suffered through French colonial exploitation: $21,685,135,671.48, to be exact. It was a last desperate move of a president (and former priest) who strove for a dignified form of poverty for his people. Both supporters and opponents of his policy are introduced in this investigative documentary. Director Rossier, whose Brothers and Others was screened at the 2003 IDFA in the USA Today section, interviewed people like Noam Chomsky, the assistant United States Secretary of State Roger Noriega, actor and UN goodwill ambassador Danny Glover, and many Haitians. Of course, Aristide himself also appears. Preceeded by a reception for the Underground Gallery, featuring an exhibition of Haitian art featuring the work of Haitian artists Azouke Sanon and Jean-Marie Gabriel (which will be on display through the month of May).
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