Haiti on the outside looking in at ‘Star Wars’ delirium
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Without a single functioning movie theatre in their country, Haitians have been feeling left out in recent days, while much of the rest of the world swoons over the latest “Star Wars” movie.
The debut past this weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was a worldwide event — except in remote and impoverished corners of the globe like Haiti, where fans of the epic film franchise are out in the cold.
“This is a situation which really brings me down,” said Vladimir Desir, 30, a long time Star Wars fan.
“I may have to wait five or six months until they show it on television, since I don’t want to watch a poorly made pirated version,” he said.
The seventh episode of this hit series has attained blockbuster status in its first weekend, with an estimated $238 million tickets sold in the U.S. and Canadian — a box office record — and more than a half-billion dollars worldwide.
Haiti’s last cinema closed its doors in 2009, after failing to make a profit, in large part because of rampant film piracy.
“This is a real problem that I regret on a personal level, but also for all the movie fans in this country, said Emelie Prophete, director of the Haitian Copyright Office, known under the French acronym BHDA.
“The piracy problem is not specific to Haiti but pirate DVDs are even sold outside the presidential palace and other state institutions,” Prophete said.
There was hope for a newly renovated theater, the Triumph, which reopened this past summer after being repaired to fix damage sustained in the 2010 earthquake. The theater so far has screen movies only sporadically, all of which have been domestic films.
“Screenings of Star Wars at the Triomphe? I doubt it,” Prophete said.
You may be interested
Costa Rica extends tourist visas until November 18Alejandro Zúñiga - July 8, 2020
Costa Rica's Immigration Administration is offering foreigners extra flexibility as countries continue to restrict travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.…
Costa Rica coronavirus data for July 8, 2020Alejandro Zúñiga - July 8, 2020
Costa Rica confirmed 350 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 5,836 cumulative known cases, the Health…
Great deals on dental care in Costa Rica during COVID crisisDr. Peter Aborn / Goodness Dental - July 8, 2020
While Costa Rica's borders are scheduled to open on August 1, 2020, Costa Rican authorities have yet to announce the…