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Ghosts of Cité Soleil
"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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Packs an emotional punch, but that only partly makes up for the lack of a good story"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Leth ... gets us so close to life in Cité Soleil that we practically can hear the bullets and smell the garbage."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The ultra-violence of this microcosm [gang] society is what Ghosts is all about."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"More horrific than any tale from the crypt Hollywood could conceive."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"[An] indelible documentary, which dives into the brutal heart of a place most people would avoid at all cost."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"There's an immediacy to Ghosts of the Cite Soleil that's exceedingly rare for a documentary of any stripe."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"This flashy looking documentary scored by Haitian singer Wyclef Jean is such a frightening inside look at a poverty stricken society ruled by violence that it is a marvel that it got made."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"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."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Dutch director Leth is so enamored of the ugliness of it all that he doesn't even try to penetrate the noisy bravado that obscures the patches of truth that lie beneath the surface."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Goes beyond front-line journalism to show the men behind the guns."
‑ Steve Watson, Little White Lies
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