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Information about Haiti, the January 12, 2010 earthquake, and relief efforts.

Haiti Film Series Poster

Haiti Series Film Poster

Haiti - distribution of relief goods

Haiti Film Series

In celebration of Black History Month, the Libraries’ "Haiti Past and Present" series will kick off on February 2 with a showing of the film "HAITI, Land of Tragedy, Land of Hope" In the Memorial Library Commons.  Discussion will follow the viewings. Please join us for this important conversation on Haiti as the world continues to provide relief to victims of the January 12, 2010 devastating earthquake.

The series will run until March 2, 2010. Each film will be shown at 4:00 p.m. Come for a portion of the viewing, or stay for the entire film.


  • Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:00-6:00 p.m.  in Memorial Library Commons

HAITI, Land of Tragedy, Land of Hope, 2004 (Antoine Leonard-Maestrati)

This documentary chronicles the history of Haiti back to its discovery in the late 15th Century and the violent process of colonization to the present.

  •  Tuesday, February 9, 2010 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Library Commons

Égalité for all: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, 2009 (Noland Walker)

The Haitian Revolution represents the only successful slave revolution in history; it created the world's first Black republic. At the forefront of the rebellion was General Toussaint Louverture, an ex-slave whose genius was admired by allies and enemies alike.

  •  Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Library Commons

Aristide and the Endless Revolution, 2005 (Nicolas Rossier)

"Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former president of Haiti, was twice removed from office with the complicity of the international community. An investigation into the events that led to his most recent ouster, 'Aristide and the endless revolution' exposes the geopolitical intrigue, the economic alliances between the Haitian and U.S. elite, the armed criminals posing as freedom fighters and other factors that have consistently threatened this young democracy....

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2010 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Library Commons

Profit And Nothing But!, 2001 (Raoul Peck)

The filmmaker contrasts the rhetoric of capitalism with the reality of his native land, Haiti. Explores the profit motive and its consequences on people's day to day lives, their history and their outlook for the future.

  • Tuesday, March 2, 2010 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Library Commons

Port-au Prince is Mine, 2000 (Rigoberto Lopez)

 This documentary provides a portrait of the city and its problems: overpopulation, lack of urban infrastructure and environmental degradation.

Questions? Contact Emilie Ngo-Nguidjol:

This film series is co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies, Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, and the Division of International Studies.

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