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General · 27th January 2019
Carol Foort
On Friday, Februay 8th at Quadra community Centre, Vancouver award- winning film maker Elaine Briere returns to Quadra with her latest eye-opening documentary “Haiti Betrayed”. This film presents the little known story of Canada’s role in removing Haiti’s democratically elected government in 2004 and why.

In 2009 Elaine travelled to Haiti with her partner David, the director of a small NGO installing water filters in schools and medical clinics. Only two days after she returned to Canada, David was caught up in the terrible 2010 earthquake that killed 220,000 people. International aid was held up at the Port au Prince airport and then bypassed those in greatest need. Thousands died needlessly. Elaine returned to Haiti a year later and began to investigate why?

Haiti Betrayed links the tragic denial of aid after the earthquake to actions by the western countries that derailed Haiti's democratically elected government several years earlier and put it under a UN military occupation. Canada played a key role, along with the US and France, in demonizing the Haitian government and planning its removal.

Canada was once a constructive partner in Haiti. But as one Haitian put it,"Canada is now the shoeshine boy to the emperor" (US). On Feb.29 2004 the Canadian military participated in a coup d'état that removed the Haitian president and elected government. Gains made during the democracy period were obliterated.

This film probes the wide gap between Canada's actions in Haiti and our self-promoted image as a county that supports democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Elaine Brière is a documentary filmmaker and photographer. Bitter Paradise: The Sell-out of East Timor, won Best Political Documentary at the l997 HOT DOCS! film festival and the Neil Shipman Production Excellence Award, Women in Film, Seattle. It was aired on TV Ontario, Radio-Canada, CFCF12 Montreal, Knowledge Network, PBS and Swedish National television. Her 2006 film, The Story of the Canadian Merchant Seamen, toured Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. She completed her first feature documentary, Haiti Betrayed in December of 2018.
Please join us on February 8th . Doors open at 6:45 with a concession offering tasty beverages and treats! Film showing is at 7:30 followed by a discussion with Elaine. Admission is by donation. For more info contact Carol Foort 3035 or
Ever wonder why Haiti has so many problems?
Comment by Claire Heffernan on 8th February 2019
Just got home from seeing this film. Documents the Haitian people's efforts to create a democratic country and the punishing obstacles put in place to prevent this dream from becoming a reality. This film is a must see for all Canadians. Think our country is helping Haiti? Think again.