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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 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.
More horrific than any tale from the crypt Hollywood could conceive.
This deeply questionable movie presents itself as a documentary. Actually it is hardly more than an exploitative gangsta rap video about the worst slums of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Leth's movie is politically and morally illiterate.
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.
An expressionistic portrait of a society in violent chaos, the film blends cinÃ (C)ma vÃ (C)ritÃ (C) and newsreel footage to capture a modern-day tragedy with Shakespearean overtones.
[An] indelible documentary, which dives into the brutal heart of a place most people would avoid at all cost.
Action is mostly repetitive monologues about their power and dreams of rap stardom. Almost no one else speaks.
Packs an emotional punch, but that only partly makes up for the lack of a good story
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.
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.
Leth ... gets us so close to life in Cité Soleil that we practically can hear the bullets and smell the garbage.
There's an immediacy to Ghosts of the Cite Soleil that's exceedingly rare for a documentary of any stripe.
Its funny how you can have all the power & somebody can come in out of nowhere & just take it from you
Extraordinary access to the documentary subjects allows a frightening world to come to life.
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.
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