poto mitan

Wednesday, November 3, 7pm.

Alfonso Elder Student Union, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC


Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Tet Ansanm Productions. (Haiti, 2009) 60 min.

An exploration of the effects of globalization and neo-liberal policies in Haiti as reflected in the lives and daily struggles of 5 Haitian women living in Port-Au-Prince. These women tell compelling stories about their experiences working in factories producing items for export for wages that are far from sufficient to meet the cost of living, highlighting the ways in which Haiti has come to serve as a reserve pool of cheap labor for the global marketplace. The film explores themes such as the contraction of the agricultural sector, increased urbanization spawned by neo-liberal policies, the lack of basic services such as healthcare and education, and the gendered dimensions of the violence spawned by widespread poverty in Port-Au-Prince. With narration by Edwige Danticat.  English and Haitian Creole with English subtitles.

Introduced by professor Joshua Nadel. Director Global Studies, NCCU