“Assistance Mortelle (Fatal Assistance)”

January 30, 2014
  • Haitian people walk by the damaged buildings in downtown Port au Prince, Haiti on January 18, 2010. Most of the buildings have writing on them asking for help removing dead bodies. Port au Prince was devastated by an earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010 (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)(Released)

Assistance mortelle (Fatal Assistance)

Screening sponsored by Scribe Video Center

Tuesday, February 4, 2014    8:00PM   International House  

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck documents 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 practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, to reveal the disturbing extent of a general failure. A major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction.

Fatal Assistance leads to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practices in Haiti need to stop immediately. (Haiti, 2013, 99 min)

Following Peck’s latest feature Moloch Tropical, screening at 6:00PM