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Recommended Reading | Periodicals and Magazines | Films | Organizing Resources

Recommended Reading

Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy
Elizabeth Abbot (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998)

Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization
Jean-Bertrand Aristide (Common Courage Press, 2000)

An Autobiography
Jean-Bertrand Aristide (Paris: Editions du Seuil)

In the Parish of the Poor: Writings from Haiti
Jean-Bertrand Aristide (New York: Orbis Books, 1990)

Bitter Sugar: Slaves Today in the Caribbean
(Chicago: Banner Press, 1985)

Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou
Donald J. Cosentino, Ed. (Los Angeles: UCLA, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1995)

Masters of the Dew
Jacques Roumain (Portsmouth: NH, Heienman, 1944)

Farming of Bones
Edwidge Danticat (New York: Soho, 1998)

Under the Bone
Anne-Christine D'Adesky (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994)

The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism
Leslie G. Desmangles (1992)

Haiti in the New World Order: The Limits of Democratic Revolution
Alex Dupuy (Westview Press, 1997)

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
Paul Farmer (University of California Press, 1999)

The Uses of Haiti
Paul Farmer (Common Courage Press, 1994)

AIDS and Accusations: Haiti and the Geography of Blame
Paul Farmer (University of California Press, 1993)

Caribbean: A Literary Companion
James Ferguson (Chicago: Passport Books, 1997)

The Making of Haiti: The Saint-Domingue Revolution from Below
Carolyn E. Fick (Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 1990)

Dancing Spirits: Rhythms and Rituals of Haitian Vodun
Gerdes Fleurant (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996)

The Catholic Church in Haiti: Political and Social Change
Greene (East Lansing: University of MichiganPress, 1993)

The Comedians
Graham Greene (New York: Viking Press, 1966)

Written in Blood: The Story of the Haitian People 1492-1995
Robert Debs Heinl Jr., Nancy Gordon Heinl and Michael Heinl (University Press of America, 1996)

Haitian Art: The Legend and Legacy of the Naive Tradition
L.G. Hoffman (Davenport, Iowa: Beaux Arts Fund Committee, 1985)

Haiti; dangerous crossroads
edited by Deidre McFadyen...[et al.]...from the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) (Boston,MA: South End Press, 1995)

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica
Zora Neale Hurston (New York: Harper and Row, 1938)

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
C.L.R. James (New York: Vintage Books, 1989)

Urban Life in the Caribbean : A Study of a Haitian Urban Community
Michael S. Laguerre (Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Pub. Co., 1982)

Peripheral Migrants: Haitians and Dominican Republic Sugar Plantations
Samuel Martinez (University of Tennessee Press, 1996)

Crossroads and Unholy Water
Marlene Phipps (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000)

Like the Dew that Water the Grass: Words from Haitian Women
Marie M. B. Racine (Washington, DC: EPICA, 1999)

The Haiti Files: Decoding the Crisis
James Ridgeway (Washington, D.C. : Essential Books, 1994)

The Miracle of Haitian Art
Selden Rodman (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1974)

Where Art is Joy. Haitian Art: the First Forty Years
Selden Rodman (New York: Ruggles deLatour, 1998)

Haiti Renewed: Political and Economic Prospects
Edited by Robert I. Rothberg (Brookings Institute, 1997)

Hideous Dream; a soldiers memoir of the US invasion of Haiti
Stan Goff (New York: Soft Skull Press, 2000)

The Immaculate Invasion
Bob Schacocis (Viking Press, 1999)

Silencing the Guns in Haiti: The Promise of Deliberative Democracy
Irwin P. Stotsky (University of Chicago Press, 1997)

A Taste of Salt
Frances Temple (New York: HarperCollins, 1992)

Haiti - State Against Nation: Orgigins and Legacy of Duvalierism
Michael-Rolph Trouillot (New York: Monthly Press Review, 1990)

The Haiti Crisis in International Law
Marc Weller and Ana MacLean (1999)

Voodoo and the Art of Haiti
Sheldon Williams (London: Morland Lee Ltd., 1969)

The Rainy Season, Haiti Since Duvalier
Amy Wilentz (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989)

Fort Dimanche, Dungeon of Death
Patrick Lemoine (Freeport, NY: Fordi9, 1997)


Periodicals and Magazines

Haiti en Marche
Haitian weekly in French and Creole. Order from 173 NW 94th Street, Miami FL 33150. (305) 754-0705 ($78/year)

Haiti Info
English every three weeks by the Haitian Information Bureau, c/o Lynx Air, Box 407139, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33340. Available by mail. Regular source of information on Haiti's democratic and popular movement.

Haiti News
Published three times per year. Subscriptions ($12) and directory submissions to Peter Kinney, 131 N. Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067. (617) 784-8067.

Haiti Progress
Haitian weekly in French and Creole. Order from 1398 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210. (718) 434-8000

The Haitian Times
Weekly, available through www.haitiantimes.com or via mail at 32 Court Street, Suite 805, Brooklyn, NY 11201. ($59/year).

NACLA Report on the Americas
Bi-monthly journal. Order issues for $4.75 from NACLA, 475 Riverside Drive #454, New York, NY 10115. (212) 870-3146.

Films

Haiti: Harvest of Hope
Kevin Pina (1998)

Royal Bonbon
Charles Najman (2004) Royal Bonbon is the first major film to come out of Haiti. Director Charles Najman filled the entire project on Haitian soil and used non – professional locals as actors. The film is a comedy/drama about a villager, Chacha who believes he is the reincarnation of King Christophe, a former slave who led Haiti to independence in 1804.

Bitter Cane
Jacques Arcelin (1983) A documentary featuring interviews with peasants, landowners, merchants, and US businessmen. It concentrates on history between the Haitian revolution and the Duvalier regimes.

Haiti: Coup de Haiti: Coup de Grace
Rudi Stern (1995) A documentary which follows President Jean- Bertrand Aristide during his first exile and return to Haiti.

Haiti: Killing the Dream
Rudi Stern, Babeth, Katherine Kean (1992) A film that looks at the history of Haiti until the point of President Aristide's first exile. This film investigates the role US policies have played in the problems of Haiti.

Krik? Krak, Tales of a Nightmare
Vanyoska Gee (1992) A combination of documentary and fiction illustrating the horror of the Tonton Macoutes and the Duvalier regieme.

Of Men and Gods
Anne Lescot and Laurence Maglorie (2002) This film explores the relationship between homosexual men and the voodoo religion.

Looking for Life
Claudette Coulanges (1999) A documentary, which follows the lives of two women surviving in Haiti. It raises questions about the influence the importation of North American goods have had on the Haitian economy.

Burn! (Quemada!)
Gillo Pontecorvo (1968) A film starring the late, great Marlon Brando. This film is about a fictitious island, but closely follows the history of the Haitian revolution.

The Agronomist)
Johnathan Demme (2003) Documentary about the life and assassination of Jean Dominique, the voice of Radio Haiti Inter. and human rights activist. .


Organizing Resources

Haiti Solidarity Week Packet
A free, updated packet available by mail and at www.quixote.org/haiti in late January of each year. Use it to plan events for your community. Requests by mail: Haiti Reborn/Quixote Center, P.O. Box 5206, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Media Skills for Haitian Activists
1992, a 50 minute video. Guide to working with the media by progressive media consultants Gwen McKinney and Alfredo Lopez. $17 with training manual included from Green Valley Film and Art, 209 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. (802) 658-2523.

Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti: Walt Disney and the Science of Exploitation
18 minute free video. Available from the National Labor Committee, 275 7th Avenue, 15th floor, New York, NY 10001. (212) 242-3002.

Slide Show on Haiti
Contains 140 powerful slides chronicling the rise of Lavalas, the coup d'etat, and the plight of refugees at Guantanamo. Available from the Haitian commission, 39 W. 14th Street, New York, NY 10011. (212) 633-2889.

Town meeting on the Crisis in Haiti
September 1993. 90 minute audio tape features former President Aristide, Ambassador Ben Dupuy, peasant leader Chavnnes Jean Baptiste, NAACP's Don Rojas, DGAP economist and activist Laurie Richardson. Order from Pacific Radio Archives, 3729 Chahuenga Blvd. West, North Hollywood, CA 91604. (818) 506-1077. ($16.50)

Carribean Close-Up: Dominican Republic and Haiti
28 minute video from the Children of the Earth Series. Available from Maryknoll World Productions, P.O. Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545. (800) 227-8523.

Haiti's Piggy Bank: The Story of the Loss and recovery of the Haitian Creole Pig
This video teaches many lessons: the self-interest of USAID, the interconnected nature of resources, the trauma caused from harsh policies imposed from above. It also teaches that resistance can bring with it renewal and hope. Available from Grassroots International, 179 Boylston Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02130. (615) 524-1400. www.grassrootsonline.org.

Feeding Dependency, Starving democracy: USAID Policies in Haiti
By Laurie Richardson, a report by Grassroots International. Available from grassroots International, 179 Boylston street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02130. (617) 524-1400. www.grassrootsonline.org. ($10)

Many of the resources contained on this page were obtained from Haiti Reborn.