ATLANTA — The founding member of the Grammy-winning, groundbreaking music group Fugees, Pras Michel, (above, right) peeled back the mystique and misconceptions about the rich heritage of his island nation hometown of Haiti in the gripping and enthralling docu-film Sweet Mickey for President during the Atlanta Film Festival.
Michael, who along with director Ben Patterson (second from left above) and producer Karyn Rachtman, took to the Plaza Theater on Ponce de Leon with an authoritative and enlightening account of the Caribbean nation in the aftermath of the cataclysmic earthquake and the efforts of the nation to dust itself off and push forward to a new era of rule.
Sweet Mickey for President follows Michael as he returns to his homeland of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and finds a nation paralyzed by a catastrophic tragedy that killed millions and political corrution. With no experience or money, Pras mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky, Haiti’s most popular and most controversial pop star.
The politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupted government, civil unrest, and a fixed election. When Pras’s former bandmate — superstar Wyclef Jean — also enters the presidential race, their chances seem further doomed. Despite the odds in this unbelievable true story which plays out like a political thriller, they never give up on their honest dream of changing the course of Haiti’s future forever.
Photos: Terry Shropshire