There is strength in «Kombit»

The history of the pillage of Latin America is divided into chapters dating over 500 years and other chapters that are taking place right now. The peculiarity of the latest ones is that they wear the suit of democratic peace to attend the costume party of atrocities. Kombit is the hand that exposes the impostors and that, with beautiful landscapes and deep testimonies, gives voice to those who only have the silence of rice fields and the quietness of lightless nights.

Anibal Garistos film tells about these miseries with the eye of someone who endures them

In 2004, after a peak of social and political instability, the United Nations Security Council decides to establish the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Under resolution 1542, the International Organism advocates for "preserving Haiti’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity”. It is not hard to assume that what this Mission was intended for –planned for 6 months– does not actually happen. After eleven years, it is considered the main cause of the countless problems the country faces.

Anibal Garisto’s film tells about these miseries with the eye of someone who endures them, as if he were another Haitian peasant who suffers the humiliations driven by United Sates –the country that coordinates the UN–. Every shot shows the injustices suffered and the certainty of never giving up. Through the oppressed, he manages to show –in less than an hour- the spirit of the kombit, that noble form of organization of the weakest, who see in unity the only way of fighting against unrestrained injustice.

Kombit is, also, a door that opens up into a place we know very little of. After a few minutes, we feel immediately identified with the inhabitants of Artibonite Valley. The sequence of shots of natural landscapes –thanks to an outstanding cinematography-, the focus on artisan work and the testimonies of the Haitians thinking about themselves are truly moving. You feel like shouting against that State that does not value the rice beans that grow in its soil and prefers instead American companies set up in its territory, with machines run by rice peasants turned into rice laborers, for less than a dollar per day.

The film inspires a sensitive identification with these brothers so far away and so silenced.

The mechanism is both horrid and familiar. But to this gradual annihilation, we have to add the "imperialistic occupation”: this is how the film’s protagonists define the MINUSTAH. In an artistically sensitive way, the film shows that this "stabilizing” mission has been put aside in order to guarantee social peace and has come to militarily defend the profit American companies make at the expense of the life of Haitian people.

But light always finds a way of breaking the walls of darkness. It must be like this, it has to be like this. Under this belief, Kombit becomes a boost to hope. Thus, apart from an efficient investigation, with a mixture of subtle caresses and devastating data, the film inspires a sensitive identification with these brothers so far away and so silenced.

 

SAT 31, 4.40 pm, ALD 6
SUN 1, 11.00 am, ALD 6
MON 2, 1.50 pm, ALD 6
Cristian Cimminelli

 


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