Port á Piment is a village of fishermen in Haiti. In his film essay Raoul Peck uses it as contrast to the metropolises of the world where relentless pursuit for capital and success characterizes the people. Instead of dominating financial markets and stock exchanges there is only a market in the small town where people sell food with narrow profit margin. Shall profit really be meaning of life? Accompanied by Abdullah Ibrahim’s music the movie gives utterance to this central question through scenes of daily life, TV news and old feature films.
Jean Dieu is a corrupt and power-crazed president, even though he once was elected democratically. He is preparing for the celebration of the 200. Independence Day in his mansion in the hills of Haiti. For this purpose several popular foreign guests are invited and honours are planed. Meanwhile the Haitian people start revolting since they are totally tired of their president and his oppressive exercise of power. Most of the guests are deterred of the conflicts and decline their invitations. Nevertheless, Dieu doesn’t want to give up yet. Instead of canceling the celebratory he ignores the revolt and invites for dinner… read more