Rachèle Magloire & Chantal Regnault | Haiti | 71 mins | Documentary | 2012 | English, French Creole, subtitled in English | PG | HD
Since 1996 and 2002 respectively, the United States of America and Canada have conducted a systematic policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have committed crimes ranging from violent ones to petty theft. Every two weeks, about 50 Haitian nationals are deported from the United States; 40 percent are convicted legal residents who completed their jail sentence in America
For three years, filmmakers Rachèle Magloire and Chantal Regnault followed members of a unique group of outcasts in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. A new life begins for these deportees in an environment that is both completely unfamiliar and quite hostile on an island that they left as very young children.
Many no longer have family on the island and speak little, if any, Creole. Some struggle with addiction and others are coping with mental illness. Most have very limited financial means with which to manage any sort of reintegration. Further, the Haitian people are generally less than welcoming as they know that these North Americans have committed crimes and view them with suspicion. Through a series of individual portraits, DEPORTED gives voice to the former offenders and their families.
Viewers are left to ponder the multifaceted impact of repatriation and whether it creates more problems than it solves.