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Fatal Assistance by Raoul Peck

Fatal Assistance by Raoul Peck

SydneysBuzz is happy to introduce a new blogger, Sharon Abella of One World Cinemaan internationally minded website dedicated to the arts. 

We will feature her articles on cinema which often emphasize human rights.  This first blog on is about Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance, an expose of help/unhelp in Haiti.  Fatal Assistance screened this June at The Human Rights Watch Film Festivawhich took place at Lincoln Center and the IFC Film Center in New York and in 13 other cities around the world.  A coproduction with ARTE France, its international sales agent is Doc & FIlm International.

Welcome Sharon!!

Fatal Assistance by Raoul Peck

The 7.0 Magnitude earthquake that shook Haiti back on January
12, 2010 was 3 years and five months ago. 316,000
were killed, and 1.5 million
, were displaced. The already impoverished nation had to deal with yet
another burden. On a global level, an astonishing $4.6 Billion was donated towards post-recovery clean up and
reconstruction efforts ($1.36 Billion of
which was from the US alone), and yet hundreds of thousands of Haitians
continue to live in tent cities without access to adequate food, water, medical
care, or transportation, clearly reinforcing that a large portion of the
funding was not properly allocated, while many countries reneged on their
pledges entirely.

As a Festival Centerpiece at “The Human Rights Watch Film
,” from June 13-23, 2013 in NYC, Haitian born filmmaker, Raoul Peck,
documents what has occurred and what has not occurred since the devastation
struck over 3 years ago. From pitiful clean up efforts and debris removal, shoddy,
poorly constructed one room homes that leak when it rains having been recently
constructed, rigged governmentalelections, and many healthcare services having
abandoned the region, “Fatal Assistance” demonstrates that Haiti’s
reconstruction process is on a very long, slow road to recovery.

However, with all the work that still needs to be done, a
special thanks needs to be directed to Sean
Penn and JP/HRO and Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare
for all of
their HONEST hard work, manual labor, and proven track record of actual
recovery and healthcare efforts.

One World Cinema

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