Pillars of the Global Economy
Told through the lives of five compelling Haitian women, the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy offers an insider's perspective on globalization, Haiti's current crisis and the resilient women challenging the system. Filmmakers Renee Bergan and Mark Schuller present these brave women, who demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.
Marie Jeanne talks about the daily struggle of being a woman and a worker. She toils under miserable conditions to give her children the education she was denied because of gender discrimination.
Living and braving death in Cité Soleil, Solange talks about Haiti's current outburst of violence and how it stems from a long-brewing economic crisis. She also discusses the role the global apparel industry has on the instability in Haiti.
Frustrated with male-dominated unions, Frisline offers a Marxist-feminist analysis of Haiti's contemporary situation.
Having worked for thirty years, Thérèse brings wisdom, a historical perspective, and a comparative analysis.
Pushed off her land by foreign agricultural policies, activist Hélène leads a new grassroots campaign against violence, encouraging women to defend themselves.
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