Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Film and website. Produced by Mary Becker and Renée Bergan. Writer/Narrator: Edwidge Danticat. 2009. 50 minutes. Documentary about Haiti and global economics told through the lives of five women.

  • Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School | Resource Types: Films

Told through the lives of five Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman’s story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. While Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women’s subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates these are global struggles. Finally, through their collective activism, these women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible. [Producer’s description.]

Produced by Tèt Ansanm Productions in collaboration with Renegade Pictures, Inc. and U.C. Santa Barbara’s Center for Black Studies Research.

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