For three years, filmmakers Rachèle Magloire and Chantal Regnault followed members of a unique group of outcasts in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. Since 1996, the United States has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have been convicted of crimes. A new life begins for these deportees in an environment that is both completely unfamiliar and quite hostile. Most have not been on Haitian soil since 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. And Haitians are generally less than welcoming. 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.
Behind the Scenes
Born in Port au Prince, Haiti, Rachèle Magloire was raised in Montreal, Quebec where she graduated in Communications in 1987. Back to Haiti the same year, she worked as a reporter for the privately owned Télé Haiti and wrote for Haîti en Marche, a weekly published in Miami. In 1991 she had a brief stunt at Haiti National Television as Chief Editor and then News Director. From 1991 to 1995, Rachèle Magloire was a stringer for the Montreal dailies La Presse and Le Devoir and collaborated to Le Point, a Radio Canada TV magazine. Since 1995, she directs documentaries within Fanal Productions, an audiovisual production company founded with Director of Photography and Director Carl Lafontant. From January 2002 to January 2004, she worked in The Democratic Republic of Congo for Radio Okapi, a national radio network founded by the UN in collaboration with Fondation Hirondelle for Freedom of Speech.