This documentary video chronicles a period in Haitian life that one seldom finds on film, although it is highly selective in what it shows, as is true for all such pieces. Its most remarkable aspect is that it presents an extensive and candid interview, in English, between a quite fearless British reporting team, Alan Whicker and his camera man Frank Pocklington, and Francois Duvalier.
The piece was originally presented in an award-winning documentary series called Whicker’s World, which ran from 1958 to 1994, variously on the BBC and ITV. Journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker was not only the presenter of the series but also a shareholder in it. So it is possible that Duvalier was able to relax because he knew that Whicker was really the one in charge of the series. Regardless of the reasons, this is the best interview of Francois Duvalier on record.
Dady Chery, Editor
By Alan Whicker and Frank Pocklington
BBC, ITV, Yorkshire Television
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