Since 1996 and 2002 respectively, the United States and Canada conduct a systematic policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have committed crimes on their soil. These range from violent crimes to simple convictions for driving while intoxicated or petty theft. Deported follows these North American offenders as they return to their homeland: Haiti, a country they do not know and a hostile land for them.
Synopsis Through a series of portraits, this film gives voice to offenders (sentenced to penalties of varying severity), who, at the end of their prison sentence in North America are deported to their home country, Haiti. Back in Port-au-Prince, a city they left as children, a new life begins for these "Americans" in an environment that is both completely unfamiliar and quite hostile.
Caribbean and Latin American countries are experiencing the heavy burden associated with the forced "migration of a population unprepared for its return (with no family ties in their "home" country nor mastery of the Creole language) and lack the means to manage any sort of re-integration.
The film is built around trips between Haiti, where the deported now reside (and followed for three years), and North America where their families, who know nothing of their loved one's new life, are torn with anxiety, blame and regret.
After one year respite following the deadly earthquake o January 12, 2010, the deportations resumed in January 2011.
a film by Rachèle Magloire and Chantal Regnault
presented by Productions Fanal and Velvet Film
All the shooting was done before the earthquake (12 january 2010).