Raoul Peck Wrapping Up 'Deadly Assistance' (Feature Doc Exposé On Haiti's Post-Earthquake Billions)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 12, 2012 11:05 AM
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I'm running this based on limited info I have in front of me; Hatian filmmaker Raoul Peck is currently in post-production on his follow-up to Moloch Tropical (one of the best films I saw in 2010), with a feature documentary titled Assistance Mortelle (or Deadly Assistance in English), which, from what I understand, will offer the world a look at the international community's response and reaction to the devastating 2010 earthquake the country suffered, through the eyes of Haitians in Haiti. 

Seemingly promising what will be an exposé, the 100-minute fim (culled from a total of over 500 hours of footage) was shot over 2 years, starting after the January 2010 earthquake, through this year, and is said to currently be in post-production.

IMDBPro lists the film with the English title Haiti's Billions, which speaks to the reported billions of dollars in foreign aid that were said to have poured into Haiti relief after the earthquake, although it's not entirely clear where all that money went, since many are still living in squalor.

As THIS report, posted 2 years after the devastation occured, states:

Money was wasted, prices of food and basic supplies for local people soared, sanitation deteriorated, there was less safe water to drink and well-meaning interventions made matters infinitely worse. Haiti’s prime minister has pointed out that 40 per cent of aid money supports the foreigners handing it out.

I learned that a private preview screening of the film was held last week Friday, November 8, in Petion-Ville Club, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A 2013 debut is expected.

We'll be tracking it now that we're aware of it; and when I know more, I'll share.

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  • ALM | November 12, 2012 4:05 PMReply

    A must see! I hope they place 4 or 5 of the 500 hours as bonus features on the dvd whenever it is released.

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