Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fatal Assistance

I'm sure there's a fascinating (albeit discouraging) story to be told about the ineffectiveness of massive international aid in Haiti's reconstruction after the earthquake.  The film Fatal Assistance is not it.

Narrated by people addressing 'my dear friend' (were these excerpts from real letters back home or were we the audience being addressed as dear friends?), the film is somewhat incoherent, rife with redundancies and irrelevancies (why was Duvalier's return included in the film without connecting it to the main theme of the story).   That previous run-on sentence is somewhat similar to the tenor of the movie.

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