Saturday, March 1, 2014

Raoul Peck/s FATAL ASSISTANCE how disaster aid is given eg Haiti,His film speaks of the unspeakable

FATAL ASSISTANCE director Raoul Peck 

FATAL ASSISTANCE is a provocative study of the downside of good do-ism in catastrophic situations A critical look at the role NGO's play and the influence of international politics (Bill Clinton) and corporation's branding of "good works". Peck asks hard questions about what happened with the billions of dollars raised to "help" Haiti. In FATAL ASSISTANCE he asks: what actual role did Haitians and their elected officials have in Haiti's recovery? It challenges the donors, be they individuals, corporations or government to follow what happens with their donations. Here Peck, a world recognized and awarded film maker (Lumumba, The Death of a Prophet and a Haitian artist who once was,

for a brief time Minister of Culture in the 90's FATAL ASSISTANCE challenges all donors to follow the money His expose of what happened with the billions of dollars donated, who made the decisions on how to spend it, how much actually came into Haiti and how much was actually taken out. Not easy questions but important ones, not only in Haiti but other recent catastrophes where the world's population stepped up to rescue people and countries in serious trouble. Challenging, yes. Troubling, yes but Raoul Peck raises his questions with integrity, cinematic spectacle and, surprisingly, with poetic lyricism by using two voices overs that bring insightful clarity to the complex issues he raises and those voices resonate with both humanity and dismay. See it because it is about Haiti. See it because it is about all disasters where outside intervention comes in to rescue the impacted population and the tensions aid creates.

Watch  the trailer

limited one week engagement LINCOLN CENTER feb 28-March 6th 2014

Post screening QA Lincoln Center

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