Fatal Assistance
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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. 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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary that examines how international aid agencies failed Haiti after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
""Fatal Assistance" has few answers, and adds little clarity."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Raoul Peck's ("Lumumba") impassioned documentary about international relief efforts in Haiti is a real eye opener with a disturbing undercurrent...not every critique hits a bulls eye."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Bill Clinton and Sean Penn don't get off easy in their cameos, yet even the most lefty-loathing Republican will wonder why the doc's inquiry isn't as hard on homegrown forces of corruption, which are legion."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Fatal Assistance is an important lesson on much needed social attentiveness as wise activism."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"Peck brings to new light what is happening in his country after the news cameras stopped recording and all the celebrities had gone home. Disasters are big news - think Katrina - but the aftermath is not."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It unveils the bureaucracy, na´vetÚ, and historical forces plaguing Haiti to this day, but it's no more than a forceful poke at a hornet's nest."
‑ Daphne Howland, Village Voice
"Deeply powerful ... a No End in Sight for the 2010 Haiti earthquake."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Film School Rejects
"...holds an appropriately cynical attitude toward spectacle..."
‑ Rob Humanick, House Next Door
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