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Ghosts of Cité Soleil

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Denmark, United States · 2006
1h 25m
Director Asger Leth
Genre Documentary

This brutal and shocking documentary delves into the gang activity in Cité Soleil, an extremely impoverished and densely populated neighborhood in Haiti's Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. The film focuses on two brothers, 2Pac and Bily, leaders of rival gangs whose blood ties may not be enough to keep their relationship from degenerating into violence.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

In spite of occasional gestures in the direction of political or sociological context -- interviews with anti-Aristide activists, news images of battles beyond Cité Soleil -- Mr. Leth is not, in the end, much concerned with offering an analysis of the Haitian situation. Like Lele, he'd rather have a party with the thugs.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

The underlying political motivation may be unclear, but the violence and desperation of lives lived in something close to hell on earth is terrifyingly clear.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

If nothing else, Leth shows how wrung-out and careless everyone gets amid constant bloodshed. "We don't need peace," one says. "We need school for our kids. Food. Sleep."


Variety by Todd McCarthy

Rough as can be in both content and style, Ghosts will be welcome everywhere tough, provocative docus are shown.

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