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on December 7, 2009
After Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left Haiti in 2004, many people - local and international - made many assumptions on why he left the country in such a hurry. Some of these assumptions were: "President Aristide left the country because he resigned," "President Aristide was taken against his will from the palace by United States military personnel," or "President Aristide left the country because he wanted to go far away after taking all the money that was left in the treasury."

This documentary has facts and opinions of people who were interviewed both in Haiti and United States. While the director leans more towards former President Aristide's side, he also shows what the other political parties had to say about his presidency. This documentary contains the reasons why former President Aristide had two coups under President Bush's, both father and son, presidency. It also talks about the reasons behind the economic hardship in Haiti during his presidency which led to his second coup.
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on March 20, 2017
Great product!
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on November 26, 2013
Do your own research so you can find out what's going on in Haiti and other nations that don't get such a good rap in the US. The evening news won't give you all this. I also recommend the documentary, "638 Ways to Kill Castro."
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on October 24, 2006
Rossier's film vividly chronicles the rise and fall of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president; from Catholic priest to demagogue; from liberation theologian to cult figure; from populist president to political pariah.

Through even-handed interviews with high-powered supporters and opponents of Aristide, Rossier is able to remain objective. However, recent revelations about the CIA, the Haiti Democracy Project, and the International Republican Institute's involvement in Haitian politics buoy the film's integrity to a level of clairvoyance, helping us understand the events precipitating Aristide's removal from office.

By interweaving Haiti's history throughout the film, Rossier blends context with current events. In the end, we clearly see Haiti as a nation so depleted of resources, it can no longer press for justice in the international arena. The film is a must-see for anyone unfamiliar but intrigued with the process by which the U.S. and other colonial powers have historically maintained control over underdeveloped nations.
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on November 30, 2009
I had to go back and watch this documentary by Nicolas Rossier a second time because I realized that he wasn't telling the whole story about the February 29, 2004 U.S. coup and kidnapping of Aristide. What about the story of the U.S. State Department removing Aristide's private guards, who were employees of the Steel Foundation, a San Francisco based contractor? What about the story of U.S. Ambassador James Foley and his deputy Lewis Moreno meeting with Aristide after his guards were gone and telling him that he was unprotected and had to resign immediately or he would be killed? We get a brief comment from Colin Powell denying any wrong-doing, but not the real story.
What about flying Aristide to the Central African Republic, a virtual subsidiary of France, without his knowledge or consent? Congresswoman Maxine Waters is interviewed by Rossier. She flew with Aristide on the plane along with Randall Robinson and jounalists Amy Goodman and Peter Eisner. She knows that it was a coup and kidnapping, but that story is not told by Rossier.
To hear Aristide's account of the coup read Robinson's book "An Unbroken Agony: Haiti From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President" (2007) and "Getting Haiti Right This Time (The U.S. and the Coup, 2004)" by Noam Chomsky, Paul Farmer and Amy Goodman.
I think Rossier is sympathetic to Aristide's case, but he pulls his punches and leaves out Aristide's strongest arguments. You would never see 60 Minutes do this. It is as if Rossier is trying so hard not to offend either side that the documentary turns into a "he says, he says, pick 'em" story.
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on June 23, 2006
The film gives officials of the US and France, and others involved in the February 2004 overthrow of Haiti's elected government ample screentime to explain themselves. They end up looking as dishonest and arrogant as their policies have turned out to be. An important film for anyone trying to understand how US foreign policy has gone so wrong.

The film interviews Haiti's President Aristide and many of his supporters as well. It is well-edited with compelling footage.
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on May 9, 2007
Nothing can tell better the history of Aristide in power in Haiti. And how the international communities have tried to block him and finally to kidnap him. This is a big blow for democracy in poor countries
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on March 9, 2010
I was waiting for this dvd with anticipation, but i was very dissapointed when it arrived. The dvd was cracked as if someone stepped on it and the dvd was loose in the box. Luckily the dvd was not damaged however i cant use the box at all for storage.
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