From fire brand preacher to populist president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide came to power in 1990 with a promise to lift Haiti’s long suffering majority out of abject poverty. He was elected twice with overwhelming majorities, and overthrown each time. Aristide’s Haiti is the story of his rise to power, his vision for Haiti, and his failure to bring change.
From exile in South Africa, President Aristide recounts how Haiti’s elite joined forces with the Haitian military and the United States to orchestrate his ouster just seven months after his election, in 1991, and again in 2004. The international community accused him of corruption and inciting violence, but for many Haitians the truth is much more complex.
Candid interviews with Aristide’s security adviser and close friends, the Haitian businessmen who devised his overthrow, the gang leaders who turned on him, and the peasants who lost faith in him – reveal the tragic story of how Haiti’s most visionary leader was forced from power, permitting Haiti’s long history of military coups, foreign occupation and corrupt democracy to continue.
Format: 1 x 1 hour
Produced by Barna-Alper for History Television
Producers Laszlo Barna and Alan Mendelsohn
Director/Writer Nadine Pequeneza
Cinematographer Mike Grippo csc
Editor Ricardo Acosta
Nominee Gemini Awards for Best Writing in a Documentary Series 2006
Gold Plaque Chicago International Film Festival 2006
Gold Medal New York International Film and Video Awards 2006
Special Jury Award Houston Worldfest 2006