By Sherley Boursiquot
Sweet Micky For President documentary is based on Haiti’s 2010 presidential election which shows Pras Michel, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group, The Fugees, returning to his homeland (Haiti) after the devastating January 2010 earthquake — with a magnitude of 7.0 resulting in more than 300,000 deaths. The country was in complete chaos after a quarter of a million homes were obliterated. Pras, having no experience or money, helped mobilize a presidential campaign for the controversial famous musician: Michel Martelly aka “Sweet Micky,” which Haitians have had a love-and-hate relationship with over the years.
Pras and Martelly were both inexperienced, but were still able to fight against “a corrupt government, civil unrest, and a fixed election.” What made the election more interesting was, Pras’s former bandmate, Wyclef Jean, also entered the presidential race, which brewed a lot of tensions between the pair. At first, it appeared that their chances seemed unfavorable, but with the help of friends like Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, and former president Bill Clinton, Martelly was able to win the election and become the president of Haiti.
Furthermore, director Ben Patterson brilliantly captures the crucial parts of Haiti’s history, from the earthquake to past presidents, to citizens fighting for democracy in the world’s first black republic.
Sweet Micky For President will premiere on November 13th (Laemmle Music Hall – LA) and November 20th (Cinema Village – NYC); See the trailer of this documentary above.
Production company: A Prasperity Group Production
Director: Ben Patterson
Screenwriter: Pras Michel
Producers: Pras Michel, Karyn Rachtman, Ben Patterson
Executive Producers: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Steve Harris, Bryn
Mooser, Oliver Luckett
Directors of photography: Ben Patterson, Josh Hyde, Wyatt Rogowski
Editor: Wyatt Rogowski
Music: Paul Brill
Sales: Something Kreative
Sherley Boursiquot is a Haitian journalist who graduated from Lehman College with a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism. Boursiquot lives by three principals: patience, persistence, and faith, all in which are key elements to achieving success.
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