An eye-opening look at the political scheming and selfishness that ensured slow progress in the rebuilding of Haiti after a devastating 2010 earthquake, director Raoul Peck shows a lot of pertinent moments and sequences, although things could have been presented in a better way for those less familiar with the situation, and less familiar with the people involved.
It is a very complex and at times hard-to-follow story of a collective failure but told in the most sincere way. It is devastating to see that prejudice exists within humanitarian organisation. This and the fact that donors expect quick and visible results really discredit the existence of world coordinated aid.
Very depressing, very well manufactured, very important story to be told that mostly nobody can tell. Peck excels in exposing the madness of the emergency aid system that distrusts the helped and mixes foreign policy and human decency as well as the inefficiencies of the NGO system, sometimes accused to be used as a tool of disempowerment of the local actors.
A rare critical view of international relief aid and the role international institutions often play in rebuilding staggered communities. The film raises important questions and emphatically highlights the dilemmas surrounding assistance after devastating events. Peck helps us to demythify the innocent chimera of selfless aid as it is often portrayed and seems to ponder on a truth that reflects quite the opposite.