Clearing Haiti's Smoke and Mirrors

A documentary screening prompts some tough questions about race and authority

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 02/16/2005 12:00 am EST

Kevin Pina looked exhausted, and for good reason. The Haiti-based American journalist arrived in Ottawa on Feb. 8 from Montreal as part of a two-week tour of North America, screening his documentary-in-progress entitled Haiti: Betrayal of Democracy. Early the next morning he would leave for British Columbia, and then down through California before stopping in New York on his return to Port-au-Prince. Visibly fatigued yet strong-voiced and coherent, Mr. Pina responded to questions from the audience, over 100 strong, at the Tom Brown Arena following the screening, often sitting down and listening while the event's moderator, Jean Saint-Vil, fielded questions about Canada's role in the Feb. 2004 overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the present situation in Haiti.

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