Haiti, Dream of Democracy

HAITI, DREAMS OF DEMOCRACY

My painting, "Dream of Democracy," is featured in Johnathan Demme's 1987 documentary, "Haiti, Dreams of Democracy." It is a provocative film about Haiti after the Duvalier regime.  The song and lyrics by Le Frères Parent depicts my painting's powerful message: "The road to victory is long, It is paved with thorns but don't lose your faith, we're defeating the beast."

It tells a story about a dream that depicts Haiti's war for liberty and justice. Liberty has several meanings, it is a freedom from poverty, freedom from political injustice, and freedom from all other strife (which is what the term beast in the song signifies) that Haiti endures. 

This war is ongoing; although my painting is 26 years old, I still have the same dream for my country, a dream of freedom.

Le Frères Parent's Lyrics:
   The road to victory is long, It is paved with thorns but don't lose your       faith, we're defeating the beast. Let's continue to fight so the beast cannot rise.

   While asleep, I had a dream I saw a bird flying at dawn headed for the National Palace with a message of liberty upon it's wings. I saw a flying serpent coming to kill the bird but I saw an army of kids vanquished the serpent. And I heard a chorus sing. . .

   The road to victory is long, It is paved with thorns but don't lose your faith, we're defeating the beast. Let's continue to fight so the beast cannot rise.

   I saw a bull from overseas rampaging its way to Port Au Prince but the spirit of Haiti stopped its charge and tore out both its horns. . .

   I saw a coffin in my dream like a ship upon the sea from Washington threatening Port Au Prince but at the shore the people set it afire and I heard that same refrain. . .

   The road to victory is long, It is paved with thorns but don't lose your faith, we're defeating the beast. Let's continue to fight so the beast cannot rise.

***Special Thanks to Jean Paul and Jacqueline Fils-Aime for involving me in this groundbreaking project.

Check out a small segment of the documentary:
http://youtu.be/43Li5Yq8MNo