Bristol Indymedia Film Night: Aristide And The Endless Revolution

Mon 2 February 2009 // 20:00

(Mon 2nd / 8pm / £3/2, nobody refused entry for a lack of funds)

On the fifth-year anniversary of the coup in Haiti that ousted
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Bristol Indymedia presents the acclaimed
documentary: Aristide And The Endless Revolution, winner Best Documentary 2006 Pan-African Film Festival.

"Taut, well-balanced, insightful. A probing look into Haiti’s
contentious modern history." - The New York Times

An hour south of Miami is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation,
Haiti. In 1991 its citizens elected a former Roman Catholic priest and exponent of liberation theology, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, as president. Popular among Haiti's poor and disenfranchised, Aristide became a target of Haiti's business interests (and the political parties that served
those interests) because of his daring policies that tried to raise the standard of living for the huge majority of Haitians. During his second term in office, his government came under increasing pressure from many sides and by 2004 political violence had escalated sharply. On February 29, 2004, Aristide and his family left Haiti on a US-dispatched airplane – according to Aristide, against his will; the US claims it was with his full cooperation.

Nicolas Rossier's powerful and informative documentary, Aristide and the Endless Revolution, focuses on Aristide's later years as president, as he struggled to fulfill his promises of reform in the face of mounting domestic opposition (driven in large part by business and military
interests) and, simultaneously, an increasingly hostile relationship
with the United States.

Featuring an exclusive interview with Aristide from his exile in South Africa, as well as the views of a wide range of supporters and critics including US Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, Colin Powell, and Noam Chomsky, and intermixed with searing glimpses inside strife-torn Haiti, Aristide and the Endless Revolution offers a moving testimony to the Haitian peoples' struggle against oppression and exposes the tangled web of hope, deceit, and political violence that brought the world's
first black republic to its knees.