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.
Berlin International Film Festival, 2013
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2013
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2013
“Written and directed with intelligence and authority” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“Powerful” – Variety
“Lyrically filmed…shrewd in its analysis” – David D’Arcy, Screen Daily