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Aristide & The Endless Revolution


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Documentary: B



Imagine a country with an all-Black population that participates in a democratically-held election and overwhelmingly elects a man they believe will serve them in their best interest.  This kind of popular uprising without violence should not be a problem for a country that touts its unconditional support of freedom.  However, when it is a poor country like Haiti, The United States does not somehow think this is a good idea.  In the case of Republicans in power, they do not like the idea of the success and legacy of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Nicolas Rossier’s documentary Aristide & The Endless Revolution (2005) shows how he has been thrown out of power a few times because his country was in the “wrong” hemisphere.


The short-but-powerful 82 minutes are loaded with all kinds of film and video footage, interviews with name persons, people from the country of Haiti and even counterpoints-of-view by former U.S. government strategists who portray Aristide in the worst possible light.  However, the documentary again and again shows that how he was being painted did not (and still does not) gel with reality.  President Bill Clinton put him back in power, only to have the second President Bush shove him out again.  Though the Haitian situation is an outrage, the deeper point of this work extends to global U.S. politics and shows that America is not doing the best it could be in handling foreign policy at the least.  That does not even take into account a certain kind of globally set version of institutionalized racism, but Rossier sticks with the subject and even when his work is over, you know the story is far from it.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image is color weak and much of the footage looks a generation down, making the colors look patchy and off.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo at best and sometimes nearly monophonic.  Extras include a resources/links section, text timeline, text director bio, separate text interviews with director Rossier & Economist Alex Dupuy and extended interview footage with Aristide.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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