Made in Manchester’s latest production for the BBC World Service was for the network’s Witness strand which remembers key global events through the eyes of individual testimony.
MIM has made several of these short documentaries for the station and the latest looked back at the violent coup that toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti 10 years ago.
Ira Kurzban, Aristide’s long time attorney spoke to MIM’s Ashley Byrne for the piece and talks candidly about how the President was swept from power on February 29th 2004 amid violence clashes on the streets of the capital Port Au Prince. Aristide was flown to the Central African Republic before finally finding exile in Jamaica and later South Africa.
Ashley Byrne says: ‘Witness is a great series and when you speak to these people who lived through such major events you really feel the history. Aristide’s fall from power is often seen through the eyes of the US so to hear the voice of someone so close to him instead, it shone a different light on matters. Obviously there are often different sides to all stories and we leave it to the listener to make their own mind up about events.’
MIM has also been commissioned to make two forthcoming Sporting Witness programmes for the BBC World Service. These are expected to air in the summer.
You can hear MIM’s Witness about the Haiti Coup here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01sl4fv