November 28, 2012, HaitiMy parents met each other in 1980.They got married in New York, the 28th of May, 1982 and divorced the 14th of June ,1984. After their divorce, they did not talk or see each other for almost 28 years.When I was a kid my Mom would tell me that her and my Dad got separated because he didnâ€™t want a live in a cold country and she didnâ€™t want a live in a hot country.
March 4, 2011, New YorkThe first time I met my dad, I was nineteen years old, it was 2002. When I was younger I invented stories to tell my friends that would justify his absence. He was a prince, a king, a business man, an oil barron and he was, depending on the day, African, American, Arab or Australian, always traveling trying to conquer the world. That was why he wasnâ€™t there. The reality was quite different, my father worked as a taxi driver in the streets of Manhattan.
September 18 2011, Saint-Marc, HaitiEdouard Vieux
December 2, 2012, Haiti My father Gerald in company of his son Arafat and his daughter Chloe. My dad made 5 children with four different women. He claims not being able to be a father to us because his dad was never a father to him.
May 13, 2012, Haiti My great-grandfather Papy Max 105 years old in company of his son Edouard 83 years old. From the mulatto bourgeoisie my family used to be wealthy. Today my great-grandfather coffee factories are closed since the embargoon Haiti in 1993. My grandfather him as been trying to recover the 4000 hectares the family used to own in the Artibonite. He claims that Simone Duvallieris the one who stole the land.
May 29, 2012, HaitiLighthouse Lamentin, this is where on April 26,1963, two of my uncles were killed after an attempted kidnapping on baby doc, the son of FranÃ§ois Duvalier. They arrested them in the morning and in the afternoon, without judgment, they shot them. My uncles were innocent, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong moment.
January 27, 2011, HaitiEdouard, 81 years old is my paternal grandfather. Under Duvalier, he would be tortured and put in jail many times, and at a certain point, he would have to run away to save his life. He was in exile for twenty four years. He was a resistant. In the seventies, he would try to mount a coup dâ€™etat which ended in chaos. He would end up in Jail in Jamaica and later be released and deported back to Canada. In 1986, the week after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier, he came back to Haiti.
January 27, 2011, Haitithe bed of my grandfather.
February 20, 2011, New York My father grew up between Port-Au-Prince, Montreal and New York. He is the son of a political exile under the Duvallier regime.
September 19, 2011, HaitiEdouard Vieux: â€œI have been the keeper of our history for centuries. The great great grandmother of the whole family was named Drucine Gramont. She was a mulatto of an extraordinary beauty. She married the Duc de Rossignol who was the owner of all the land I own. She was the biggest whore in all of the Caribbean. Her second marriage was with General Guy Joseph Bonnet who was the Secretary of the Emperor Jean Jacques Dessalines. Her daughter, the great grandmother of all the Pinkcombe aided the election of President Louis FelicitÃ© Salomon Jeune of the HaÃ¯tian republic. It was he who consolidated all the property, Pellerin, la TÃªte-de - Lâ€™eau, le Mont-Calvaire and everything that the Vieux Family owned. These women were all extraordinary courtesans, the most beautiful emancipated slaves of the entire colony.â€
May 15, 2012 HaitiGrimaud is my grandfather dog.
September 20, 2011, HaitiEdouard Vieux: â€œ We thought that there were still some idealists left, people who have faith in this country, but we were wrong and we have become a population of beggars.â€
September 22, 2011, HaitiMax Vieux 104 years old, made â€‹â€‹his morning excercise.
May 13, 2012, HaitiEdouard Vieux
May 5, 2012, HaitiSabine vieux was my great grandmother. In her young age she was consider as one of the richest women in Haiti. The family land came from her side of the family.
August 9, 2012, New YorkMy father left for work at 4am. It normally takes him an hour and half of subway to get from Queens to Brooklyn where he can get his taxi.
September 20, 2011, HaitiRadio Haiti
September 18, 2011Edouard Vieux
September 28, 2011, HaitiMax vieux, my great-grandfather died on January 9, 2013. He was 105 years old.