Produced by a team of North Americans
and Haitians working with Haiti Films.
75 minutes NTSC
Languages: English or Kreyol
“Excellent and provocative…exceptionally well-crafted.” - L.A. Times
“An outstanding analytical documentary…laid out with impressive clarity… organized with the utmost intelligence…fascinating newsreel footage…convincing.” - Variety
“Thoughtful” - The Village Voice
“Cogently argued…The complex human exploitation involved is made so vivid that the film becomes an especially instructive case history of U.S. – Third World relations.” - Library Journal
British Film Institute
Six years in the making and filmed clandestinely under the Duvalier dictatorship, Bitter Cane is a timeless documentary classic about the exploitation and foreign domination of the Haitian people.
From peasant coffee farms in the rugged tropical mountains to steamy U.S. – owned sweatshops in the teeming capital, the film takes the viewer on a journey through Haitian history to a deeper understanding of that country’s political economy.
We see emerging paths of flight – industries from the U.S., refugees from Haiti – which are having profound effects on both societies.
Production Company: Haiti Films / Crowing Rooster Arts
Produced by a team of North Americans and Haitians working with Haiti Films
Narration: Ben Dupuy, Jean-Claude Martineau
Music: Manno Charlemagne, Nikol Levy, Moumousse and Anayika
© 1983 Haiti Films, Inc.