Win one of three copies of Ghosts of Cite Soleil on DVD
16th Jan 08
NB: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
This week (14th January) saw the release of the quite stunning documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil on DVD from Revolver Entertainment, and to celebrate, Revolver have given us three copies of the DVD to give away on eatmybrains.com.
Directed by Asger Leth, the film follows the lives of the gun-weilding Chimeres in Haiti, specifically two brothers, Billy and 2Pac, gang leaders in the most dangerous place on earth, Cite Soleil.
Featuring original music from Wyclef Jean, this is a story of young armed men from the slum being used for political purposes, a testament of desperate dreams in a ghetto world where dog eats dog.
The competition will close on January 22nd, and we will publish the winners' names on the site the following day. Please note, we can only accept entries from people aged 15 or over who live in the UK or Ireland.
HAITI – The opposition rebels are approaching the capital from the north. They are taking one city at a time. They will arrive soon. They are coming to Port-au-Prince to get rid of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. People will be killed. In Haiti there is always a score to be settled. President Aristide is up against the wall. The political opposition has taken to the streets and the noise is getting louder. The demonstrations are turning violent.
GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL follows Bily and 2Pac – two brothers and leaders of their community. They are Chimeres, members of a gang paid and ordered by the government to take care of things. The Opposition calls them armed thugs, killers and kidnappers. They are in their early twenties. Haitian life is hard and nowhere is misery more present than in Cite Soleil, hell on earth with its open sewers and hard sun on tinfoil-houses.
BILLY and 2PAC were not raised to carry guns. Billy believes he is helping his community. He has a political mind, is a true believer in Aristide and wants to fight for him. 2Pac has a dream. He is a musician, a rapper. His lyrics are his explanation, his hope of redemption. 2Pac wants out. His music is the only way, and he secretly records rap songs denouncing Aristide during the day whilst guarding Aristide's house during the night. In weeks or days, 2Pac will face his destiny.
LELE is a French relief worker. Devoted to the sick and helpless of the Cite Soleil, she needs to be friends with the leaders of the Chimeres. She falls in love with 2Pac and puts her life on the line while jealousy, distrust and rivalry threaten to rip the brothers apart.
1st Nov 04 Above all though, it is the relationship between John and Laura Baxter which is the film’s central focus throughout, and the gradual disintegration of their relationship amidst a haze of grief.