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EXPLOITING
EDEN
Île-à-vache

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

SYNOPSIS

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.

TRAILER

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 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.

A. GOVERNING BY DECREE

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.

B. CONSIDERATIONS

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.

C. CREATION OF KOPI

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.


TECHNICAL SPECS

Directed by: Raquel Gómez-Rosado

Country: Spain
Production year: 2018
Length: 90"
Format: HD COLOR 16:9 (APPLE PRORESS)
Film Genre: DOCUMENTAL, Socio-Political
Type : Documental / Feature
Rating: Suitable for all audiences 
Language: Haitian Creol, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish/French/English 
Locations: Île à vache, Les Cayes (Haiti)
Status: Postproduction

 Produced by:
Raquel Gómez-Rosado
Image and sound edit by:
Raquel Gómez-Rosado
Color correction:
Open
Sound Mix:
Open
 DOP and camera operator:
Raquel Gómez-Rosado
Production Assistant and Sound:
Jean Jacson Placide
International sales:
Open
Music: (creative camons 3.0)

OTHER INFORMATION:
ON THE WEB

* 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 

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