A documentary about tourism exploitation
and the value of the individual
Directed by  Raquel Gómez-Rosado


This is the story of Île-à-Vache, a small island in the south of Haiti, with less than 20,000 inhabitants and not even 45 Km/17miles square,  considered by many as one of the last virgin beaches in the Caribbean. An unexploited paradise. This is David and Goliath story.  A country looking for economic rebound, a tourist development project and its consequences, but above all, it is the story of those inhabitants who, seeing themselves threatened, separated from the decision-making, unite to take destiny it into its own hands.


For English subtitles look under the CC tab on the video.
Tourism is the main economy of the Caribbean and Haiti begins to fight for its slice of the cheese, but this country full of contradictions and hit by history does not have it easy. Lack of resources and certain private interests may interfere in their way. This documentary is the result of a shared effort to understand what is happening and give voice to the population.


On May 5, 2013, the Government declares the island a reserved area of ​​public interest,

investors in the sector, ignore property titles and constitution, which protects the right to property of citizens, especially from foreigners.


20 August 2013. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Tourism Minister Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, among others, lay the foundation stone of the construction of an international airport (Bois Boutout). A community center (Kay-Kòk). A Cantina (Kay-Kòk). A radio station (Twou-milye). The government builds fountains, playgrounds, a mini-hospital center, puts solar streetlights ... The project is part of a global and tourist vision of Haiti with a social and many say that it is only a marquetry to cover up private interests on the part of the former Prime Minister.


December 2013. Following road construction and certain abuses by the institutions as evictions without prior notice, violence etc. the community begins to protest

peacefully and forms a local group called KOPI (Collective for Île-à-Vache). In response, the

government tries to stop them by all possible means: blackmail, defamation, imprisonment ...alleged assassination of the leader. Despite this, KOPI continues to organize demosntrations over and over again. The tension and the police presence increases.


Directed by: Raquel Gómez-Rosado

Country: Spain
Production year: 2022
Length: 92"
Format: HD COLOR 2,35:1
Film Genre: DOCUMENTAL, Socio-Political
Type : Documental / Feature
Rating: Suitable for all audiences 
Language: Haitian Creole, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish/French/English 
Locations: Île-à-Vache, Les Cayes (Haiti)

 Produced by:
Raquel Gómez-Rosado
Image and sound edit by:
Raquel Gómez-Rosado
DOP and camera operator:
Raquel Gómez-Rosado
With the assistance of Jean Jacson Placide
on Production, contacts, and Sound

Music: (creative commons 4.0)


* Diario.es:  El doble filo del turismo en Haití: convertir el paraíso en negocio- Iolanda Fresnillo- Agosto 2014

Île à Vache: El paraíso amenazado - Iolanda Fresnillo- mayo 2014 

  *   Is it Time to Say Farewell to Ile-a-Vache?, Bookmanlit

   *  Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: Interview With KOPI’s Jerome Genest - Dady Chery, May 30, 2014

   *  What Kind of Tourism Is Sustainable for Haiti’s Ile a Vache? Interview With Melinda Wilson -Dady Chery- April 21, 2014

   *  Human Rights Organizations: Widespread Abuse and Police Brutality in Haiti’s Ile a Vache -Dady Chery - April 8, 2014

  *  The Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: An Exclusive Interview With Abaka Bay’s Robert Dietrich - March 18, 2014 

  *  Land Grab at Ile a Vache: Haiti’s Peasants Fight Back- Dady Chery -Mar 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  *  Haiti’s Peasants Fight Land Grab of Offshore Islands for Ecotourism - Dady Chery