Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Asger Leth risked his life to bring audiences this rare and gritty glimpse at Haitian gangs, poverty and politics.


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"Ghosts of Cite Soleil" captures life and death during the last months of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's regime. In Port-au-Prince's most desperately poor and dangerous neighborhoods, heavily armed street gangs known as chimeres (ghosts) serve as the regime's enforcers, trampling on the legal authority and terrorizing the political opposition. But a new, more brutal counter-revolution may soon end their regime.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
Directed By: ,
Written By: Asger Leth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2007
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Ghosts of Cité Soleil

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16)

Ghosts of Cite Soleil is too brief and limited in scope to provide a complete picture of Haiti's turbulent history, but its images of how so many of its citizens live and die on a daily basis -- is both heartbreaking and unforgettable.

August 17, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

More horrific than any tale from the crypt Hollywood could conceive.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Leth's gritty, haphazardly edited film plays like a music video, with jagged rap sequences interlaced with urgent handheld Super 8-style footage and a stonking shanty-blues soundtrack.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Packs an emotional punch, but that only partly makes up for the lack of a good story

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Movie Habit

Besides anti-Aristide diatribes mouthed a little too much on cue by these hooligans, there's also a French female relief worker mostly providing sexual relief to a gabby gangster. Not to mention 'relief worker' often as Third World code word for CIA spy.

Full Review… | November 22, 2007
NewsBlaze

Ghosts of Cite Soleil is a curiously unfocused, rambling film that never really settles on exactly what it wants to say or exactly which stories it wants to tell.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Ghosts of Cité Soleil

½

Extraordinary access to the documentary subjects allows a frightening world to come to life.

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Gordon A

Super Reviewer

½

haunting, stunning, and as real as it gets. i had a spiritual expirience watching this film that cannot be described with words, one of the most impactful films i have ever seen. this is the sort of film that reminds people that the world is a horrible place for many who live in it. a film about fear, suffering, anxiety, and death, this is 85 of the most impactful minutes a person can expirience watching a movie. this film left me heartbroken.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

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Its funny how you can have all the power & somebody can come in out of nowhere & just take it from you

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Brody Manson

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