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"Aristide and the Endless Revolution" Screens at the Roxie this Week
R O X I E C I N E M A
ARISTIDE AND THE ENDLESS REVOLUTION
Directed by Nicolas Rossier. Switzerland/USA, 2005, 82 min. In English.
Friday, December 9-Thursday, 15
R O X I E C I N E M A
3117 - 16TH STREET at Valencia in San Francisco
Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45.
Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:30.
a speaker from the Haiti Action Committee will be present after each 8pm
show to answer questions
A complex historical truth emerges in Nicolas Rossier's
intelligent examination revealing the oft-supressed story of the 2004 coup
d'etat in Haiti, as well as the systemic violence and human rights
violations that erupted under the interim government. An interview with the
deposed president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Pretoria, South Africa, is
juxtaposed with the views of a wide 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 repeated 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,
Toussant 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 the historical poverty of Haiti. - Vancouver Film
Festival. For more info, log onto http://www.aristidethefilm.com/.
Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:45. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun
matinees at 2:00 & 4:30.
More About the film: <http://www.aristidethefilm.com>
"Nicolas Rossier's gift to future generations......It is a critically
important work concerning an event that should not be consigned to
JACK RANDOM - Author of Jazzman Chronicles
"Aristide and the Endless Revolution is a film that should be seen
and discussed. Many of the titles at this year's VIFF can broaden our
understanding of the world, and of others' realities. Few, however,
will match Aristide in calling forth urgent political action"
Derrick O'Keefe - Seven Oaks Magazine
"An excellent film about the sad recent poltical history of Haiti
that not only provides a rich, well-detailed context for
understanding the rise and fall and rise and fall of Aristide but
also offers a provocative meditation of the role of outside,
especially American, forces and interests in his tumultuous career."
Richard Peña - Program Director - Film Society of Lincoln Center
"The film is great. An awesome job of getting the recent historical
context (1991 coup, etc.) in with the slave revolution/independence.
A non-Haiti follower is assured an exciting, informative, powerful
work ..Director Nicolas Rossier bravely exposes this great truth: the
fire of the slave revolution continues to burn in every hungry
Thomas Griffin - Thomas Griffin - Author of the Human Rights
Investigation on Haiti, March 2004, Miami School of Law
"Compelling and informative, this documentary by Nicolas Rossier
examines events in Haiti--including the history leading up to the
2004 kidnapping of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide--via interviews
with a wide range of opponents and supporters as well with the former
parish priest himself".
Vancouver International Film Festival