Fatal Assistance Reviews

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Mar 05, 2014

    "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.

    "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.