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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. Taking a 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 and never made it into the reconstruction. FATAL ASSISTANCE leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practices in Haiti need to stop immediately.
Official Selection, Berlin Film Festival 2013.
Presented in association with ActionAid UK (www.actionaid.org.uk).