Frantz Voltaire was born in Haiti in 1948. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from Universidad de Chile, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science from FLACSO Chile, and a M.A. in International Relations from UQAM. He has received various scholarships from the United Nations, Japan, and Université de Montréal, among others. In addition, Voltaire has given lectures and taken part in conferences at various universities in the United States; Latin America, including Chile, Mexico, and Argentina; Canada; Japan; and all over the Caribbean. He has published numerous articles and written two books, Black Power in Haiti and A Brief History of Blacks in Canada. He produced and co-directed Puerto Príncipe Mío (Potoprens se pa’m) in 2000 (winner of the Cora Coralina prize in Brazil) and produced Del Cafetal a la Tumba Francesa. Voltaire has also directed documentaries, such as Les chemins de la mémoire (2002 – NFB awards), Au nom du père… Duvalier (2004 – Caribbean Awards), Maestro Issa (2008), and Manno Charlemagne – Konviksyon (2010). He was the founder of the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival in Montreal and served as chief of staff for Haitian Prime Minister Robert Malval. Other accomplishments include becoming a member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal; the chairman and founder in 1983 of the CIDIHCA, a Montreal-based Haitian and Caribbean research centre; and the publisher for Editions CIDIHCA.
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