"Aristide and the Endless Revolution" indirectly illustrates that American rhetoric doesn't always match American action when it comes to supporting democratic sovereignty. As such, pic is a vital if less than objective slice of film journalism on the U.S.'s troubled history in the Third World.

As it reports on U.S. involvement in the rise and fall of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” indirectly illustrates that American rhetoric doesn’t always match American action when it comes to supporting democratic sovereignty. As such, pic is a vital if less than objective slice of film journalism on the U.S.’s troubled history in the Third World. Activist groups and newshound viewers are ripe target auds, and public interest tube channels look to be prime buyers.

Aristide’s ascendancy from left-leaning priest to head of state is dutifully recalled by filmmaker Nicolas Rossier. But docu’s fire is stoked by a debate (Aristide’s lawyer Ira Kurzban vs. U.S. State Dept.’s Roger Noriega) over the facts behind Aristide’s so-called resignation in 2004. Kurzban contends the U.S. forced the duly-elected Aristide — whose demands for debt relief and other compensations rankled leaders from Washington to Paris — to cede power. Parallels to the U.S. deposition of elected Congo president Patrice Lumumba 40-plus years earlier are stark, though pic fails to draw the connection.

Aristide and the Endless Revolution

France

Production

A First Run Features release of a Baraka Prods. presentation in co-production with La Television Suisse Romande/WXEL-TV/Interflix Studio. Produced by Nicolas Rossier, Roopa Choudhury. Co-producer, Cameron Clendaniel. Directed by Nicolas Rossier.

Crew

Camera (color/B&W, DV), Rossier, Jawad Metni; editor, Cameron Clendaniel; music, Lubo Astinov, Misik Serena'd ; sound, Tom Gambale; researchers, Laurence Magloire, Michael Kessler, Jennifer Filippazzo; associate producers, Ronald Laporte, Filippazzo. Reviewed on videodisc, Los Angeles, March 2, 2006. (In Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles. Also in Vancouver, Buenos Aires film festivals.) English, French, Creole dialogue. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, John Shattuck, Ray LaForest, Roger Noriega, Ira Kurzban, Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, James Dobbins, Ricot Dupuy, Brian Concannon, Thomas Griffin. Narrator: Ross Douglas.
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