Natural disasters & International help. Fatal Assistance by Raoul Peck. February 19-27, 2014. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck’s latest documentary Fatal Assistance (Assistance mortelle) takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. As the news reported the devastation, country after country pledged to support, donate, and rebuild the country. Through its provocative and radical point of view, Fatal Assistance offers an indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism, which Peck refers to as the “paternalistic monster” of international aid that “pretends to solve the problems from which, in fact, it benefits.” Peck’s vivid and articulate film finds the international relief effort riddled with political ploys, personal agendas, broken promises, and earthquake victims still living in squalor and turmoil.
Discussion with Raoul Peck follows the February 21 screening. Screener and hi-res images available.
Wed, Feb 19, 7 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Thu, Feb 20, 4:30 pm (RA) $7, $8.
Fri, Feb 21, 7 pm (AA) $9, $11.
Sat, Feb 22, 12:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Sun, Feb 23, 12:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.
Wed, Feb 26, 5 pm (AA) $9, $11.
Thu, Feb 27, 5 pm (RA) $9, $11.
TICKET & VENUE INFORMATION:
Tickets may be purchased at www.mfa.org/film, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk. Where two prices are listed, the first is discounted for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.
Screenings are in Remis Auditorium (RA) in the Linde Family Wing or Alfond Auditorium (AA) in the Art of the Americas Wing. Remis Auditorium is convenient to both the Huntington and State Street Corporation Fenway entrances. Alfond is accessed most easily from the Fenway entrance.
The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.
Film at the MFA is sponsored by Bank of America.
Also made possible with endowment support from the Katharine Stone White Film Fund, the Museum Film Program Endowment Fund, the Dean W. Freed Fund, the Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Film Program, the MFA Associates and MFA Senior Associates Fund for Film and Video, and the Margaret L. Hargrove Fund. A gift from an anonymous Friend of Film makes program notes for select events possible. Visits by film and video artists are made possible by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Fund and by The Lowell Institute.
Trailer: Fatal Assistance by Raoul Peck.