Battered by hurricanes, embroiled in political turmoil, plagued by kidnappings and largely ignored by the international community, Haiti is trying, yet again, to create democracy. As the Western hemisphere's poorest country attempts to organize for November presidential elections, hardened veterans of its endless cycle of uprisings and downfalls are trading guns for voter registration cards, warily giving the election process their support. Through unfettered access to political strongmen, gangsters turned presidential hopefuls, and ordinary Haitian citizens, Wide Angle reveals the country's struggle to fashion a true representative government out of a volatile failed state.
Director, Two Tone Productions
Two Tone Productions was founded by a Marco Williams, a Black filmmaker, and Whitney Dow, a White filmmaker, to make films that address issues of race, and difference.
Felicity Harley is the executive director of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.
Felicity Harley has an extensive professional background that combines 30 years of national and international experience as a senior manager and Chief Executive Officer in nonprofit institutions, and is currently the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. Felicity Harley was educated in Great Britain and the United States. She is a published writer and poet.
President, Connecticut Haitian American Organization
From the CHAO Website:
â€œThe Connecticut Haitian American Organization, Inc. (CHAOâ€™s Inc.) is a community based service group established in October 2002. We are committed to achieving the highest standard of excellence and integrity. Our primary goal is to be the best at promoting and elevating the Haitian-American community to reach its fullest potential.â€
â€œThe CHAO Inc. Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated Haitian and American professionals, who devoted their personal time and talent to bring the Haitian community together and to make sure we bring awareness and to share our rich history and culture with the wonderful people in the New England Tri-state area and throughout the United States.â€
Jane Regan is a writer and documentary filmmaker who lived and worked in Haiti for ten years. In the US, Regan produced and associate-produced numerous documentaries, mostly for the US Public Broadcasting System (PBS), including the one-hour Dog's Best Friend and for two series, Americas and Local Heroes, Global Change. She was also director of the Haitian Information Bureau in Haiti (former publisher of the biweekly Haiti Info), of Somerville Community Access TV in the US and she also taught and developed courses for University of Massachusetts-Boston Community Media & Technology Program. Over the past 20 years Regan contributed to scores of newspapers and magazines as well as several books. While in Haiti, Regan wrote for Interpress Service, Latinamerica Press and others. Regan was co-recipient of the 2004 Sam Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism and finalist for the 2004 Rory Peck Award for Hard News.