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Inspired by the kingdom of 19th-century king Henri-Christophe, one of the revolutionary leaders who won for Haiti its independence from French colonial rule, but set in a modern milieu, Moloch Tropical presents a fictionalized portrait of the final days marking the collapse of a regime. The hot air is thick with a tightly coiled tension at President Jean de Dieu's palatial fortress outside Port-au-Prince. His security force rattles with civil unrest and international diplomats one by one turn their backs on the president's summit invitation. Hobbling around his quarters, de Dieu erratically exerts scraps of control as his authority rapidly disintegrates into humiliation.

Using symbolism and an almost Shakespearean madness that reverberates across modern governments, Haitian-born auteur Raoul Peck (Lumumba) meticulously drapes the poetic across the political in a searing critique on the universal malady of absolute power corrupting absolutely. Adding to Moloch's atmosphere, elegant cinematography by Eric Guichard richly captures the lush mountainous landscape and the opulent mise-en-scène of the historic La Citadelle Laferrière.

Special benefit screening for Handicap International.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 107 minutes
Language: English, French, Creole
Country: France, Haiti
Premiere: New York
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Zinedine Soualem, Sonia Rolland, Mireille Métellus, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Oris Erhuero, Tasha Homan
Director: Raoul Peck
Screenwriter: Jean-René Lemoine, Raoul Peck
Producer: Raoul Peck
Editor: Martine Barraque
Director of Photography: Eric Guichard
Composer: Alexei Aigui
Sound: Eric Boisteau, François Groult
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About the Director(s)
Raoul Peck was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and studied film at the DFFB in Germany. His films include Haitian Corner, Lumumba, Death of a Prophet, The Man by the Shore, Lumumba, and Sometimes in April. In 2001, he received the Human Rights Watch Lifetime Achievement Award.


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