Updated February 19, 2023
Below is an archive of links & reviews to important documentaries on Haiti.
Another Vision: Inside Haiti’s Uprising portrays a revolution brewing in the slums of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Filmed throughout multiple visits to the island nation, the documentary tells the story of the “Revolutionary Forces of the G9 Family and Allies, Mess with One, You Mess with All” and demonstrates how Haiti’s ruling class is conspiring with the United States to suffocate the revolution before it can begin.
By directors Pitasanna Shanmugathas & Ryan Ellis, August 2022
By director Elaine Brière, 2020
Haiti Betrayed reveals how Canada, once seen by Haitians as a constructive partner, conspired with the United States and France in 2003 to topple the democratically-elected government. Seven years in the making, Elaine Brière’s film meticulously reconstructs Canada’s role in the events that culminated in the United Nations-sanctioned coup d’état on February 29, 2004 and the bloody aftermath that followed.
By directors Cahal McLaughlin & Siobhán Wills, 2017
Between 2005 and 2007 UN peacekeeping troops carried out several raids on Cite Soleil, a severely economically-depressed neighborhood of Port au Prince. The raids were targeted against leaders of criminal gangs but scores of other people were killed, including children, and many more injured. This documentary returns to Cité Soleil to examine the impact of those raids on the community and to find out how victims of those raids have fared in the ten years since they occurred.
By Press TV, Oct 18, 2015
The violent overthrow of Haiti’s President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and 2004 coups has ripped aside the democratic pretensions of US and the other major powers. In 1990, Haiti -the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere- brought to power Aristide, its first elected president. In September 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed in a bloody military coup orchestrated by the US. He was eventually returned to power by US intervention, only to be overthrown yet again in 2004.
By director Michele Mitchell, 2012
Haiti: Where Did the Money Go? is a 2012 Film at Eleven Media production that was produced, written and directed by Michele Mitchell. Shot in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the documentary looks at what really happens with the money donated to help with disaster aid.
By director Raoul Peck 2013
Reviewed here in the New York Times, Feb 27, 2014.
By director Anne Delstanche, 2012
The story of Cuba's health care mission in Haiti, before and after the 2010 earthquake.
By director Kevin Pina, 2011
Read the review by Haitian journalist Dady Chery
By director Kevin Pina, 2007
The brutal aftermath of the 2004 coup in Haiti, including the essential support role of the U.N. military forces of the MINUSTAH mission that was established in June of that year.
By Nicolas Rossier, 2005
The story of the 2004 paramilitary coup d'etat in Haiti against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and all the elected institutions of the country. The film describes the arming of paramilitaries by the U.S. as well as the aid embargo and 'destabilization' by the U.S., Canada and Europe that preceded the coup.
By director Katharine Kean, 1997
The political events and human tragedy surrounding the 1991 Coup and the dictatorship that followed.
By director Jacques Arcelin & Kim Ives, 1983
An overview of Haitian-U.S. history, and an examination of exploitation in Haiti’s agricultural and industrial sectors, and its impact on American labour.