"Sweet Micky for President" definitely has my vote.
This documentary begins by outlining the devastation of the largest earthquake in the region on January 12th, 2010. The Haitian government estimated 220 000 people died, 300 000 were injured and 2.3 million were displaced. Ten months later there was no leadership, no significant repairs to structures affected by the earthquake. That was in spite of Haiti receiving billions of dollars in international aid.
The Haitian people needed a change in the highest level of government.
Whether the people of Haiti were ready or not the most unlikeliest of presidential candidates "Sweet Micky"entered the race. He was a very popular controversial musician who eventually ended up on a government hit list. The controversy involved his lyrics and his style of performance.
"Sweet Micky for President" is a great documentary that details the journey from candidate to leader with detailed accounts of the public's concern about "Sweet Micky" the artist versus Michel Martelly the person, a surprise election entry by Fugee's band mate Wyclef Jean, followed by his disqualification, election fraud, international exposure, and a postponed election.
"Sweet Micky" goes from a mini skirt, tank top wearing, crotch grabbing musician to Michel Martelly the suit and tie, handshaking politician. Along for the ride from the very beginning was Pras Michel an ex-Fugee's member.
It is little wonder that "Sweet Micky for President" won both Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival.
HOT DOCS Screening Times
Tuesday, April 28th, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. - Scotiabank Theatre
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. - Revue Cinema