Repeating Islands


In “Berlinale–Haiti Feeling Aftershocks,” David D’Arcy (Outtakes) writes about Haiti as seen through Raoul Peck’s documentary film Assistance Mortelle [Fatal Assistance] (Haiti, France, USA, Belgium, 2012, 99 minutes). He focuses on the irony of Haiti’s dependence on outside intervention, although it was the first country to win independence in Latin America, and references authors who have recently tackled similar questions—Amy Wilentz, Jonathan Katz, and Laurent Dubois. Here are excerpts with a link to the full review below:

In its title, Fatal Assistance evokes the deadly rage of a rejected lover from a one-night stand – remember Glenn Close? — but non-governmental organizations (NGOs) stayed much longer in the Pearl of the Antilles. While they didn’t kill Haiti, Peck’s doc shows that they left it on a perilous life support, if you can call it that, since most aid has been withdrawn. Peck’s film, which premiered at…

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