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A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary that examines how international aid agencies failed Haiti after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
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.
It unveils the bureaucracy, naïveté, and historical forces plaguing Haiti to this day, but it's no more than a forceful poke at a hornet's nest.
"Fatal Assistance" has few answers, and adds little clarity.
Fatal Assistance is an important lesson on much needed social attentiveness as wise activism.
Deeply powerful ... a No End in Sight for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Raoul Peck's ("Lumumba") impassioned documentary about international relief efforts in Haiti is a real eye opener with a disturbing undercurrent...not every critique hits a bulls eye.
Peck brings to new light what is happening in his country after the news cameras stopped recording and all the celebrities had gone home. Disasters are big news - think Katrina - but the aftermath is not.
...holds an appropriately cynical attitude toward spectacle...
"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.
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