MONSIEUR LE PRESIDENT REVIEWED
“Monsieur Le President” could’ve been a better documentary. But, it became clear that focus was being lost by following around Gaston Edy. It felt like there was a need to show how fringe religion could manipulate Western aid. But, there’s also a lot of native shaming going down in the documentary. I feel like the nurses at the clinic and other relief workers got lost in the mix. It’s just that there are so many stories to be told since the Haitian earthquake.
Will they be told? Hopefully, more documentaries like this can intersect and paint a bigger picture of the issue. I don’t hold my breath over these kinds of things, but it’s good to hope.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 9/5/17
The Plot Thus Far
Volunteering in Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Victoria Campbell encounters Gaston, a charming voodoo priest who shows leadership during the emergency, and later manages to open a small, much-needed medical clinic with the support of a foreign funder. He becomes a local hero, a symbol of ingenuity in defiance of the failure of conventional relief efforts. Over three years, he also becomes the filmmaker’s close friend until an unexpected development causes Victoria to re-examine her entire experience in Haiti.