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Fatal Assistance

  • Directed by Raoul Peck
  • France/Belgium/Haiti/United States, 2013, 99 mins., English/French

Award-winning, Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, FATAL ASSISTANCE offers a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure. We learn that a major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed nor made it into the actual reconstruction. FATAL ASSISTANCE leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practices in Haiti need to stop immediately.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Raoul Peck

I Am Not Your Negro

Based on the text of Remember This House, James Baldwin’s final, unfinished novel, Peck’s urgent essay film is a reflection on what it means to be Black in America. Focused around the lives and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., I Am Not Your Negro uses archival footage