Aristide and the Endless Revolution | Chicago Reader

Aristide and the Endless Revolution

Nicolas Rossier's 2005 video documentary about exiled Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is thoroughly researched but suffers from sonorous narration. Aristide supporters (actor Danny Glover, U.S. representative Maxine Waters, former Clinton diplomat John Shattuck) explain the odds against him as he labored to free Haiti from neocolonialism and crippling debt; they're followed by a comparable lineup of Aristide critics (notably former assistant secretary of state Roger Noriega, coarchitect of the Haitian leader's controversial departure in 2004). Rossier struggles mightily to provide a balanced portrait, but in asserting that the U.S. exports democracy only to widen its sphere of influence, he dodges the issue of how responsible Aristide may have been for Haiti's political impasse. In English and subtitled French and Creole. 83 min.


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