Filmmaker: Kevin Pina
Haiti: Harvest of Hope  

Haiti: Harvest of Hope
New DVD release distribted by TELEDYOL

A message from the filmmaker
Dear Friends,

I recently screened Haiti: Harvest of Hope and was amazed to see how much it reflects the current reality in Haiti. President Aristide, forced into exile, the killing and jailing of Lavalas supporters, and the role of the U.S. government: the parallels with Haiti's current reality are striking and undeniable.

I am currently working on a sequel entitled, Haiti: The Betrayal of Democracy that covers the period following Aristide's return to Haiti in 1994 up till the present. By purchasing a DVD copy of Haiti: Harvest of Hope, you will be contributing to the completion of this new and equally important film.

If you would like to use the film for a community screening, please consider inviting me to participate. I would welcome talking about my experiences and screening some of the footage from my upcoming film as well.

Best regards,

Kevin Pina

Haiti: Harvest of Hope is the quintessential primer for understanding the roots of the current crisis in Haiti. The film dramatically captures seminal moments in the history of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas movement that swept him into the presidency in December 1990.

Haiti: Harvest of Hope was originally planned as a documentary about democracy coming to Haiti with the election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in December 1990. During the final editing of the original (late September 1991) Haiti was struck by yet another military coup. Editing of the first version came to a halt as Kevin Pina (the filmmaker) returned to Haiti and spent the next three weeks chronicling the brutality and machinations of Haiti's new military leaders and their supporters.

Kevin Pina returned to Haiti in late July 1993 just after the negotiation of the Governor's Island Accord between the Haitian Government in exile and General Raoul Cedras. Pina returned again in 1994 to film Aristide's return to Haiti. The world television premiere of Harvest of Hope was in Haiti on Mother's Day, March 28, 1994. The broadcast was dedicated to the mothers of Haiti who sacrificed so much during the years of the coup to restore democracy to Haiti.

The Creole version was produced in association with Jean-Claude Martineau who also introduced the film on Haitian National Television. The first English version of Harvest of Hope was shown to a sold-out house at the Mill Valley, California Film Festival in the summer of 1994.

Never having received wide distribution since, Harvest of Hope is a rare film that few have had the opportunity to experience. The final director's cut was completed in 1998 and has only been seen by a select few. (DVD, 57 minutes, 1998)

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About the Filmmaker

Kevin Pina is a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist who has been working and living in Haiti for the past three years. He has been covering events in Haiti for the past decade and produced a documentary film entitled "Haiti: Harvest of Hope". Mr. Pina is also the Haiti Special Correspondent for the Flashpoints radio program on the Pacifica Network's flagship station KPFA in Berkeley CA.

His filmography includes:

  • El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy (1985)
  • Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)
  • Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest (1991).

Proceeds from the sale of this DVD will go to the completion of:

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