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'The Man By The Shore': A Gripping Story

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Kelly,Ernece B. (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
New York, NY
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Blacks, Haiti, Culture, Politics, Minority & ethnic groups, Entertainment, Motion pictures, Martial, Jean Michel, Rameau, Patrick, Zubar, Jennifer, Peck, Raoul
Who are they? [Raoul Peck] works primarily with an ensemble made up of [Sarah]'s family and members of the infamous TonTon Macoute. It's these men operating outside civilian and military law, who imbue "The Man By The Shore" with its thick taste of dread and fear. For it quickly becomes obvious that they can threaten, maim, even kill anyone at anytime for the least of slights. Janvier (Jean Michel Martial), the chief of the Macoutes here, wields unbridled power, making him one of the most fearsome screen villians in recent times. "The Man By The shore" combines the terror of the Duvalier regime and Haiti's natural beauty in a gripping story. Audiences may leave questioning whether it's better to remember or to forget!