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Hey Philly! TODAY: Screenings Of Raoul Peck's 'Moloch Tropical' & 'Fatal Assistance' + Master Class

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 4, 2014 12:50 PM
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For those in the Philly area, this one's for you! Film screenings of the filmmaker's 2 most recent films (both covered heavily on this blog, and both I strongly recommend) - one a work of narrative fiction, the other a documentary. Plus he'll be present for each screening, both followed a Master Class with the filmmaker.

Go! Neither is readily available (read my review of Molock Tropical HERE), so this might be your one chance to see them.

Philadelphia, PA – On Tuesday, February 4, Scribe Video Center hosts internationally acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck for screenings of two of his latest films: Moloch Tropical and the provocative documentary Fatal Assistance. The films will screen at the International House Philadelphia as part of Scribe’s Producers’ Forum series, which brings distinguished independent filmmakers to Philadelphia.

Hailed by critics as “gripping” (New York Times), “audacious” (Variety), and “brilliant” (Premiere), Peck’s Moloch Tropical (Haiti/France 2009 107 min) is a dramatic feature film about a president of a Caribbean island nation and his final day in office. In a fortress perched on the top of a mountain, a democratically elected President and his closest collaborators are getting ready for a state celebration. Foreign chiefs of state and dignitaries of all sorts are expected. But in the morning of the event, he wakes up to find the country inflamed the streets in turmoil. As the day goes on, rebellion worsens. Meanwhile, expected guests are withdrawing from the party one after another…

Peck’s feature documentary Fatal Assistance (Assistance mortelle) (Haiti, 2013, 99 min) takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. 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. Offering a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism. Fatal Assistance leads to the only plausible outcome: an immediate stop of current aid policies and practice.

Raoul Peck will also teach a Master Class at Scribe Video Center and lead a critique session of select films by students in Temple’s Department of Film and Media Arts.

EVENT DETAILS 

Film Screening with Director Raoul Peck in person:

Moloch Tropical

Tuesday, February 4, 6:00PM

International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tickets: $10, $7 students/seniors

$5 for Scribe and IHP members

Free for students, faculty, and staff of Swarthmore College and Temple University

Film Screening with Director Raoul Peck in Person:

Fatal Assistance (Assistance mortelle)

Tuesday, February 4, 8:00PM

International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tickets: $10, $7 students/seniors

$5 for Scribe and IHP members

Free for students, faculty, and staff of Swarthmore College and Temple University

Master Class with Raoul Peck:

Realizing the Documentary

Tuesday, February 4, 4:00PM

Scribe Video Center

4212 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fee: $20, $10 for Scribe members

Free for students, faculty, and Staff of Swarthmore College and Temple University

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