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September 6th, 2005
Unfinished Country
Video: Full Episode

Battered by hurricanes, embroiled in political turmoil, plagued by kidnappings and largely ignored by the international community, Haiti is trying, yet again, to create democracy. As the Western hemisphere’s poorest country attempts to organize for November 2005 presidential elections, hardened veterans of its endless cycle of uprisings and downfalls are trading guns for voter registration cards, warily giving the election process their support. In a character-driven narrative, we capture life on Haiti’s streets and among its power-brokers by interweaving five personal stories. Through unfettered access to political strongmen, gangsters turned presidential hopefuls, and ordinary Haitian citizens, Wide Angle reveals the country’s struggle to fashion a true representative government out of a volatile failed state.

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