This is the story of Île-à-Vache, a small island in the south of Haiti, with less than 20,000 inhabitants and not even 45 Km/17miles square, considered by many as one of the last virgin beaches in the Caribbean. An unexploited paradise. This is David and Goliath story. A country looking for economic rebound, a tourist development project and its consequences, but above all, it is the story of those inhabitants who, seeing themselves threatened, separated from the decision-making, unite to take destiny it into its own hands.
Tourism is the main economy of the Caribbean and Haiti begins to fight for its slice of the cheese, but this country full of contradictions and hit by history does not have it easy. Lack of resources and certain private interests may interfere in their way. This documentary is the result of a shared effort to understand what is happening and give voice to the population.
A. GOVERNING BY DECREE
On May 5, 2013, the Government declares the island a reserved area of public interest,
investors in the sector, ignore property titles and constitution, which protects the right to property of citizens, especially from foreigners.
20 August 2013. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Tourism Minister Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, among others, lay the foundation stone of the construction of an international airport (Bois Boutout). A community center (Kay-Kòk). A Cantina (Kay-Kòk). A radio station (Twou-milye). The government builds fountains, playgrounds, a mini-hospital center, puts solar streetlights ... The project is part of a global and tourist vision of Haiti with a social and many say that it is only a marquetry to cover up private interests on the part of the former Prime Minister.
C. CREATION OF KOPI
December 2013. Following road construction and certain abuses by the institutions as evictions without prior notice, violence etc. the community begins to protest
peacefully and forms a local group called KOPI (Collective for Île-à-Vache). In response, the
government tries to stop them by all possible means: blackmail, defamation, imprisonment ...alleged assassination of the leader. Despite this, KOPI continues to organize demosntrations over and over again. The tension and the police presence increases.
Directed by: Raquel Gómez-Rosado
Production year: 2022
Format: HD COLOR 2,35:1
Film Genre: DOCUMENTAL, Socio-Political
Type : Documental / Feature
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Language: Haitian Creole, French, Spanish
Locations: Île-à-Vache, Les Cayes (Haiti)
Image and sound edit by:
DOP and camera operator:
With the assistance of Jean Jacson Placide
on Production, contacts, and Sound
Music: (creative commons 4.0)
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