35 minutes, 2013
Production, writing, direction, editing, sound: Gary Popovich
Narration: Dylan Evans
Performer: Shae Popovich
The film grew out of my readings around Canadian imperialism and Haiti. I wanted to formulate a response. I participated in the Artists Against the War rally in Toronto in 2003, being one of the primary cameras assigned to the event. I decided to fashion a narrative that might incorporate a diverse range of footage that would tell several stories.
A series of dreams, nightmares and overlapping narratives take place on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The central portion of the film draws a portrait of Haiti’s difficult history, the democratic election of Father Aristide, the coups that removed him from office, and Canadian involvement each step of the way.