Haiti: Killing The Dream , 1992

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Director Film Haiti: Killing The Dream , 1992
Rudi Stern/Babeth/Katharine Kean

Haiti: Killing The Dream , 1992
Rudi Stern/Babeth/Katharine Kean
Documentary [H P]
56 minutes
English, French, Kreyol, Spanish versions

Traces the history of U.S. imperialism and indifference in the Caribbean and South America, portraying the poverty and violence that ravage Haiti. The film presents a stark look at the country whose nineteenth-century origins as the world's first independent black republic have been obscured by decades of harsh repression. In the wake of the 1986 flight of Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, Haiti's poor and oppressed were given hope with the emergence of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a priest elected with a whopping 67% of the vote in December 1990. Haiti's first democratically elected preseident, Aristide set up literacy programs, AIDS education, land reform, and concentrated on narrowing the awesome gap between the super-rich who paid no taxes and the country's impoverished majority. However, despite his popular appeal, Aristide was opposed by the U.S. government. In the eyes of the military, Aristide sealed his fate when he requested that several generals resign. The military carried out the coup d’état ousting
Aristide only seven months into his presidential term, forcing him into exile.

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