un film de / a film by

Raoul Peck


A 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti.
Through its provocative and radical point of view, the film offers a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism. While noting that a major portion of the money pledged was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction.
This gigantic bacchanal featured, in no specific order, all international agencies, most the world NGOs, former President Bill Clinton, plane loads of the generous to adventurous and the occasional Hollywood star. The unstoppable Aid machine has taken the lead over the Haitian institutions, the President, his government, and the Haitian civil society, cutting short all of their initial activities resulting, three years later, in a long trail of institutional and human stubbornness.
The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure.
This crushing fact based documentary film, is the definitive blow to any self-congratulatory institutional reports. FATAL ASSISTANCE leads to the only plausible outcome: immediate stop of current aid policies and practice.

France / Haïti / USA / Belgium – 2012 – 100 mn

Production : Velvet Film (France), Figuier Production (Haiti), Velvet Film Inc (USA)

Co-production : Arte France, RTBF (Belgium), Entre chien et Loup (Belgium)

Ventes Internationales / Sales Agent : Doc and Film


Berlinale 2013 / Berlinale Special