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The Rhetoric of Crisis and Foreclosing the Future of Haiti in Ghosts of Cité Soleil

The Rhetoric of Crisis and Foreclosing the Future of Haiti in Ghosts of Cité Soleil

Chapter:
(p.178) (p.179) 8 The Rhetoric of Crisis and Foreclosing the Future of Haiti in Ghosts of Cité Soleil
Source:
Haiti and the Americas
Author(s):
Christopher Garland
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037573.003.0009

This chapter examines Asger Leth’s documentary film Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006). The film follows the lives of two gang leaders in the largest slum in Haiti during the months leading up to the fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s government in 2004. The chapter shows how the film’s ostensible documentary realism uses the lenses of ghetto fiction and the hip-hop video to present a version of Haiti that confirms U.S. neoliberal narratives.

Keywords:   documentary films, Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Asger Leth, ghetto fiction, hip-hop video, neoliberal narratives

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