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Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)



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.
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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

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

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Seattle Times
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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
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An expressionistic portrait of a society in violent chaos, the film blends cinà (C)ma và (C)rità (C) and newsreel footage to capture a modern-day tragedy with Shakespearean overtones.

Full Review… | July 12, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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[An] indelible documentary, which dives into the brutal heart of a place most people would avoid at all cost.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
New York Daily News
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The director, Asger Leth, isn't terribly organized, but he puts us smack in the middle of everything: petty squabbles, horrible riots, casual shootings, even a love triangle.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Ghosts of Cité Soleil

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

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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An eye-opening, somewhat depressing documentary that for the most part succeeds in drawing the viewer into the world of the Haitian slums. The two gangleaders are incredibly compelling characters, and their love triangle with a UN aid worker is subtle, yet affecting. There are no easy answers regarding the situation in Haiti, but Ghosts goes a long way towards at least attempting to explain the factors that lead to such societal violence.

Jason Lester
Jason Lester

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