“Haiti: Dictatorship, Resistance & Exile Under Duvalier – Forty Years Later”

Spanning decades of anti-Duvalier resistance and struggle, the Haitian drama
is today still largely unknown, despite sporadic references found in media
and history books pertaining to the subject. The tragedy’s deeper and more
significant aspects are too often occulted. Yet, there are so many brutal
stories of victims within and outside the island country, and of innumerable
refugees and exiles.

As part of a CURA (Community-University Research Alliances) oral history
research project, “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide
and Other Human Rights Violations”, the CURA-Haiti Working Group is holding
a very special event which memorializes the countless Haitian men and women
who fled their home country to escape the fangs of the Duvalier regime.

In tribute to those men and women who paid their opposition to the
duvalierist dictatorship with their freedom, and too often their lives, we
invite you to our exhibit, where previously unseen archive photos and
documents shall be presented. There will also be a three-day showing of
exceptional documentary films depicting this troubled and troubling era of
Haiti’s history followed by discussions and debates. The event will close
with a thorough round-table conference.

The exhibit:
“Haiti: Dictatorship, Resistance & Exile Under Duvalier – Forty Years Later”

Will be held:
at Concordia University’s Webster Library
McConnell Building, 2nd floor
1400, de Maisonneuve blvd. West

April 27th through May 10th, 2009

And will be accessible:
from April 27th through May 1st:
· 24 hours a day

from May 2nd through May 10th:
· 8:30 to 10pm, Monday to Thursday
· 8:30 to 6 pm, Friday
· 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday

The documentary films:
under the thematic “A Debt of Memory”

Will be shown:
at Concordia University’s J.A. DeSève Cinema
McConnell Building, 1st floor (room LB-125)
1400, de Maisonneuve blvd. West

Free Admission

Friday May 8th and Sunday May 10th
(Please see the detailed schedule on the programme below).

We especially invite you to the opening evening of our week-end of film
projections, at 5:30 pm on Friday May 8th, in the foyer of the J.A. DeSève
Cinema (room LB-123). These projections will culminate on Sunday May 10th
with the round-table discussion.

It is with great pride and delight that we will join you in working towards
an imperative undertaking: that of keeping memory alive, in honour of those
who fought for their rights and freedoms, striving for the advent of a
society of justice.


Vendredi 8 mai

17:00: Arrival; book signing
17:30 – 19:00 Cocktail ; wine and cheese
19:00 – 19:15 Opening remarks
19:15 – 20:45 Film – Les Chemins de la mémoire : Haïti avant Duvalier
(Frantz Voltaire, 2002).
20:45 – 21:15 Discussion and debate with the filmmaker

Samedi 9 mai
17:00: Arrival; book signing
17:30 – 18:30 Film – Au nom du père : Duvalier
(Frantz Voltaire, 2004).
18:30 – 19:00 Discussion and debate with the filmmaker
19:00 – 19:15 Pause café
19:15 – 19:45 Film – Le Pèlerinage de Thomassin
( Frantz Voltaire, 2004).
19:45 – 20:15 Discussion and debate with the filmmaker
20:15 – 20:45 Film – Un tonton macoute peut-il être poète ?
(Arnold Antonin, 1983).
20:45 – 21:15 Discussion and debate led by Frantz Voltaire

Dimanche 10 mai
15:00: Arrival; book signing
15:30 – 16:00 Film – Une mémoire oubliée, une génération sacrifiée.
(Martine Duviella, 2008).
16:00 – 16:20 Discussion and debate with the filmmaker
16:20 – 16:30 Pause café
16:30 – 17:00 Cultural Event
17:00 – 18:30 Round Table: “The Violence of Duvalierism and Exile”

Ernst Jouthe, professor

Bernard Diederich, writer and journalist
Martine Duviella, film producer
Frantz Voltaire, film producer, historian and witness

18:30 – 18:40 Closing remarks and acknowledgements
18:45 – 19:30 Book signings