SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT follows Pras Michel, Grammy award—winning rapper and founder of the hip—hop group The Fugees, as he returns to his homeland of Haiti post—earthquake and finds a corrupt government in paralysis. With no experience or money, Pras passionately mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: Michel Martelly, aka "Sweet Micky", Haiti's most popular and most outlandish pop star.
The idealistic and politically inexperienced pair set out against a corrupt government, civil unrest, and a fixed election system to change the course of Haitian history. When Pras's former bandmate — superstar Wyclef Jean — also enters the presidential race, their chances seem further doomed and the story takes on the wild twists of celebrity drama. Pras Michel acts as masterful storyteller in SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT and Director Ben Patterson brilliantly captures an important part of Haiti's history as a fledgling democracy struggling to produce a government worthy of the world's first black republic.
“...the film is loaded with hilarious moments only Sweet Micky could provoke. The great soundtrack boasts songs from the Fugees, Wyclef Jean and Pras' new band, GET FR3E. Sweet Micky is an important story about the fight for democracy and how artists can change the world.”—MovieMaker Magazine
“Sweet Micky For President is one of the most unlikely stories ever captured on film.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“Sweet Micky for President captures the perfect storm of political turbulence and unsettled personal scores in this brilliant recount.”—Best of Toronto Magazine
WINNER, Grand Jury Award — SLAMDANCE Film Festival
WINNER, Audience Award — SLAMDANCE Film Festival
Official Selection, HOTDOCS Film Festival