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Bitter Cane "Haiti"
Examines the history of Haiti, from the 1804 revolution to the occupation (1915-34) by U.S. Marines, and the repressive Duvalier regimes of `Papa Doc' and `Baby Doc.'
Interviews with peasants, landowners, merchants and U.S. businessmen reveal the workings of the semi-feudal agricultural system and the rapidly growing industrial sector, including such consequences as growing unemployment in the U.S. and the perilous ocean voyage of Haitian refugees.
A vision of Haitian society: the farmers and workers, the historic and economic roots of migration. The role of the U.S.'s political and economic presence is analyzed as well as the dictatorship of Duvalier.
Secretly filmed for six years in Haiti.
Produced by Haiti Films
Run Time: 71 mins
VHS & DVD
Silver Plaque, Chicago Film Festival *
Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association
"...an especially instructive case study of U.S.-Third World relations...Highly recommended for general and special audiences."--Library Journal
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