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Fatal Assistance (2014)




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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 practices and 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 practice in Haiti need to stop immediately. (c) Lincoln Centermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Raoul Peck
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Critic Reviews for Fatal Assistance

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary that examines how international aid agencies failed Haiti after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Bill Clinton and Sean Penn don't get off easy in their cameos, yet even the most lefty-loathing Republican will wonder why the doc's inquiry isn't as hard on homegrown forces of corruption, which are legion.

Full Review… | February 26, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

It unveils the bureaucracy, na´vetÚ, and historical forces plaguing Haiti to this day, but it's no more than a forceful poke at a hornet's nest.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

"Fatal Assistance" has few answers, and adds little clarity.

Full Review… | February 18, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Fatal Assistance is an important lesson on much needed social attentiveness as wise activism.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Deeply powerful ... a No End in Sight for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Fatal Assistance


"Fatal Assistance" is an insightful and angry documentary about the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. And as Raoul Peck ably shows throughout, he has every right to be, as billions of dollars of foreign aid have been squandered as funneled through NGO's, instead of giving the donations directly to the Haitian government so it could build infrastructure and create local jobs, thus proving again that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

But in his narrow field of vision, Peck is also guilty of the same thing he accuses the NGO's of, that of rewriting Haiti as a completely blank slate. It is ironic because he could have used the long tortured history of American intervention in Haitian's internal politics to put further fuel on his thesis. Nor does he make any mention of the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti which followed the earthquake in 2010.

Walter M.

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