A still image from Raoul Peck’s film Fatal Assistance, which focusses on misguided philanthropy after the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
“Help,” as it turns out, is not on the way when it comes to Haitians post 2010 earthquake. Promised eleven billion in aid that never arrived, the nation was a victim of not only natural disaster but a man-made one, which Raoul Peck details in Fatal Assistance. The film has its U.S. premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which opens today. Peck, the creator of political thriller Lumumba (2001) is a fearless filmmaker and Port-au-Prince native who now spends his time in France, the U.S. and Haiti, where he served for a short time in the mid-1990s as Minister of Culture. In this interview, which was conducted when the film played Berlin this past winter, Peck makes the case for passionate, point-of-view filmmaking. Unfortunately, he reminds us, some points of view are buried. “Places like Haiti and an overall two-thirds of the world don’t have access to their own storytelling. We don’t own our stories.”
Clicl through to Keyframe for an interview with Raoul Peck, and here’s the trailer.