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FRONTLINE; Battle for Haiti


Battle for Haiti

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Battle for Haiti
Program Number

2905 HD 001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

Last year, in the chaos of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, thousands of the country's worst criminals seized the opportunity to stage a mass escape from the National Penitentiary. One year later, the gang leaders are re-asserting control in the capital, threatening the country's stability. With unique access to the police units trying to hunt down the gangsters -- and revealing encounters with the gangsters themselves -- FRONTLINE examines the uphill fight to rebuild Haiti in the face of deep-rooted corruption and intimidation. The film also offers portraits of the fearful lives many Haitians are living, as the central government and judicial system routinely fail to maintain order. "Haiti is a nation that committed collective suicide some time ago," the chief of the UN mission tells FRONTLINE. If the gangs are not defeated, many now believe a new Haiti cannot be born.

A Quicksilver Media production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and CH4




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Broadcast program

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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Battle for Haiti,” 01/11/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C744F51AF0874628AA65D4056E761275.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Battle for Haiti.” 01/11/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C744F51AF0874628AA65D4056E761275>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Battle for Haiti. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C744F51AF0874628AA65D4056E761275
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