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by Raoul Peck


12 January, 2010. A devastating earthquake shakes Haiti’s capital. In an instant 250,000 people are killed and 1.2 million left homeless. NGOs from all over the world send experts for critical relief efforts. At first, everyone has high hopes: at an international donors’ conference billions of dollars are pledged and the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), co-chaired by Bill Clinton, is created to oversee worldwide solidarity efforts. But, two-and-a-half years later, you only have to set foot in Port-au-Prince to see the international community has failed. Hundreds of thousands are still living in tents; the IHRC is as good as dead and only a fraction of the funds pledged have arrived in Haiti.

international title: Fatal Assistance
original title: Assistance Mortelle
country: France, Haiti, United States, Belgium
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Raoul Peck
film run: 99'
screenplay: Raoul Peck
cinematography by: Alexandra Strauss
music: Alexei Aigui
producer: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck
co-producer: Martine Saada, Diana Elbaum, Alex Szalat, Wilbur Leguebe
production: Velvet Film, ARTE France, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française, Entre Chien et Loup, Figuier Production/Port-au-Prince, Velvet Film/New York

main awards/selection

Berlinale 2013Berlinale Special Gala
Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina (Milano) 2013

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