Ghosts of Cité Soleil
Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006)

"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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Asger Leth risked his life to bring audiences this rare and gritty glimpse at Haitian gangs, poverty and politics.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Packs an emotional punch, but that only partly makes up for the lack of a good story

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

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

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

[An] indelible documentary, which dives into the brutal heart of a place most people would avoid at all cost.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday

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.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon A
Extraordinary access to the documentary subjects allows a frightening world to come to life.
danny d
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… More

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