Film: Screening of Raoul Peck’s “Fatal Assistance” at FSU

Raoul Peck

Florida State University is hosting a screening of Assistance Mortelle [Fatal Assistance], followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Raoul Peck. The screening and discussion will take place on January 22, 2014, at 5:00pm at the Askew Student Life Center Theater (942 Learning Way, Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida. This event is sponsored by the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. [The information below has been provided by Peter Jordens. Thank you! Also see our previous posts Raoul Peck’s “Assistance Mortelle”, Raoul Peck’s Haiti Documentary ‘Assistance Mortelle’ Wins World Competition Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Fatal Assistance: The Damage That Good Can Inflict, and Documentary: Post-quake Haiti rebuilding, a ‘Fatal Assistance’ in Florida.]

About Raoul Peck: Raoul Peck was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was educated in Haiti, Zaire (Congo), the United States, France and Germany. His parents fled the Duvalier dictatorship in 1991, finding asylum and a new life in the Republic of Congo, which became their second home for nearly twenty-five years. He is an internationally renowned filmmaker (writer, producer, director), economist and development policy expert. Peck has worked as a journalist and photographer and film professor. He currently resides between France, Haiti and New York.

Raoul Peck has created a complex body of work from documentary (Profit and nothing but!) to mini-series (The Villemin case, The School of Power). His work includes: The Man by the Shore (Cannes competition 1993); Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight 2000); Sometimes in April (for HBO, 2005) on the genocide in Rwanda (Berlinale); and Moloch Tropical.

About Fatal Assistance: In the 2012 documentary Fatal Assistance (1 hour 40 min), Peck looks at failed efforts to rebuild post-earthquake Haiti and discloses that much of the money pledged to Haiti either was never disbursed or was not applied to reconstruction efforts.

“[…] a potent, persuasive and quietly furious documentary that examines how international aid agencies failed Haiti after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. […] it’s a testament to Mr. Peck that he condenses a messy, complex story into a clear, graspable one. […] In Fatal Assistance, Mr. Peck powerfully asserts Haiti’s right to create its own story.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times,

Fatal Assistance ably demonstrates the folly and damage caused by swarms of NGOs and Hollywood do-gooders that completely ignored the root causes of Haiti’s problems pre and post-earthquake. […] I really wanted to like this film. In some ways I did, but we need more scrutiny. It is unfair to ask Peck to offer solutions in 99 minutes, and it is obvious he tried to take the middle ground in this film. Perhaps the best outcome would be that Fatal Assistance spurs more soul-searching from the international community.” — Georgianne Nienaber, Huffington Post,

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