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‘Fatal Assistance’ ponders the Haiti earthquake aftermath

A scene from Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s “Fatal Assistance.”
A scene from Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s “Fatal Assistance.”Velvet Film

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On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing some 250,000 people, injuring millions, leaving a million and a half homeless. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, in his earnest but obfuscating documentary, “Fatal Assistance,” conveys the horror of those 75 seconds with a few black-and-white images taken from security cameras. But it is after the catastrophe, says Peck in voice-over, that the real catastrophe happens.

After so much toil and billions spent, asks another narrator, why is the country no better off than it was to begin with?

Good question, and a timely one. But “Fatal Assistance” has few answers, and adds little clarity.

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