Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2013
Assistance mortelle (Fatal Assistance)
Raoul Peck
Titre anglais : Fatal Assistance
Pays concerné : Haïti
Réalisateur(s) : Raoul Peck
Avec : Raoul Peck, Rachèle Magloire, Richard Sénécal, Kirsten Johnson, Rémi Grellety, Hébert Peck
Durée : 100
Genre : société
Type : documentaire
Site web : docandfilm.com

Français

Raoul Peck suit la reconstruction de Haiti après le tremblement de terre de janvier 2010, avec des milliards mobilisés.

Au lendemain du tragique tremblement de terre de janvier 2010 en Haïti, le réalisateur Raoul Peck a entrepris de documenter, 24 mois durant, le processus de reconstruction sans précédent dans son pays. ASSISTANCE MORTELLE s’attaque ainsi à dévoiler les coulisses et les méandres du gigantesque élan international déployé en Haïti, tout en questionnant son impact et ses conséquences.

Explicitement radical, le film met en cause la calamiteuse gestion par la communauté internationale d’une situation post-catastrophe complexe. Parmi les principaux meneurs et protagonistes de cette colossale caravane humanitaire, on retrouve aussi bien toutes les agences internationales, la plupart des ONG du monde, que l’ancien Président Bill Clinton, des experts internationaux en tout domaine, des avions entiers d’humanitaires généreux, ainsi que les incontournables stars Hollywoodiennes.

La « machine de l’aide » va prendre le dessus sur les institutions haïtiennes, le Président, son gouvernement, et la société civile haïtienne tout entière, interrompant brutalement toute initiative locale.
Trois ans plus tard, la population haïtienne a non seulement été passablement marginalisée lors de ce discutable processus de reconstruction, mais se retrouve sans aucun doute encore plus démunie qu’avant la catastrophe. Des 11 milliards de dollars promis collectivement à Haïti, on ne peut que constater qu’ils n’ont jamais été totalement déboursés, et encore moins utilisés pour une reconstruction réelle.

ASSISTANCE MORTELLE porte un coup sévère à la bonne conscience caritative et à l’entêtement institutionnel, expose l’échec généralisé de l’aide au développement et revendique la seule issue acceptable : l’arrêt immédiat des politiques et pratiques actuelles de « l’aide » et la redéfinition durable de son rôle et de sa gestion.

Réalisateur : Raoul Peck

France / Haiti / USA / Belgique – 2013 – 1h40mn

ASSISTANCE MORTELLE
Titre anglais : FATAL ASSISTANCE



Un film documentaire de Raoul Peck

Produit par Velvet Film
En coproduction avec ARTE France, RTBF, Entre Chien et Loup

Ventes internationales :
Daniela Elstner : sales@docandfilm.com / +33 1 42 77 56 87.


Le film est produit par Velvet Film (Paris, Port-au-Prince, New York) et coproduit par ARTE France, la RTBF et Entre Chien et Loup (Belgique).
Les ventes internationales du film sont gérées par Doc & Film.


2013 | Festival International de Berlin (du 7 au 17 février 2013), Allemagne
* Sélection – section « Berlinale Special »
* Première mondiale
* Projection de presse : jeudi 7 à 19h, CinemaxX 9
* Projection : Avant-première mondiale, avec séance de Questions/Réponses : samedi 9 à 14h45, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
* Projection : dimanche 10 à 18h, Cubix 8
* Projection : EFM screening (marché): lundi 11 à 15h30, Cubix 3


Pour suivre l’actualité du film :
Facebook : Velvet Film
Twitter : @FatalAssistance

English

Raoul Peck follows the rebuilding of Haiti after the January, 2010 earthquake.

Award-winning Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti.
Through its provocative and radical point of view, the film offers a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism. While noting that a major portion of the money pledged was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction.

This gigantic bacchanal featured, in no specific order, all international agencies, most the world NGOs, former President Bill Clinton, plane loads of the generous to adventurous and the occasional Hollywood star. The unstoppable Aid machine has taken the lead over the Haitian institutions, the President, his government, and the Haitian civil society, cutting short all of their initial activities resulting, three years later, in a long trail of institutional and human stubbornness.

The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure.
This crushing fact based documentary film, is the definitive blow to any self-congratulatory institutional reports. FATAL ASSISTANCE leads to the only plausible outcome: immediate stop of current aid policies and practice.


A documentary film by Raoul Peck

Director: Raoul Peck

France / Haiti / USA / Belgium – 2013 – Documentary – 1h40mn


On January 12th, 2010, an unprecedented earthquake off Haiti’s shores shook its overcrowded capital, Port-au-Prince. In an instant 250,000 people were killed and 1.2 million were left homeless.

Thousands of NGOs from all over the world, joined by various international experts arrived for critical relief efforts and to help the country with its numerous needs (housing, rubble removal, sanitation, health care, etc.) The international community promised Haiti its unreserved help to rebuild the country: 5 billions over the first 18 months and a total 11 billions over 5 years.

Two years and a half later, one only has to set foot in Port-au-Prince to discover the calamitous results of the reconstruction efforts. On the ground not much has changed. The International community has failed.

Yet, in March 2010, just two months after the catastrophe, hopes to build back a better Haiti are high: at an international donors’ conference, 11 billion dollars are pledged to Haiti. To manage this « aid », the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) is created. This independent reconstruction agency designed to approve and fund projects, co-chaired by Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, oversees the worldwide solidarity and international rebuilding effort.

Six months later, as Haiti enters a long and sensitive Presidential election process, nothing seems to have started: no overall reconstruction plan is implemented by the IHRC; Port-au-Prince is still buried under millions of cubic meters of debris; people living in camps fear their temporary shelters are becoming permanent.

March 2012. Two years after the earthquake, as hundred thousands people are still living in tents, the IHRC is as good as dead; only 2.4 billion (of the 11 billion pledged) has been disbursed and about 16% of it has been received; and less than 2% of that total was provided to the struggling Haitian government. The international reconstruction process comes to its final dead-end.

How did it all happen? How did the whole world assisting Haiti – NGO’s, UN, World Bank, USA, European Union, etc., so eager to help this small country of 10 million, an hour and a half from Miami, go so wrong?

Using direct observations over 24 months, award-winning Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck offers a devastating indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism, by focusing primarily on the Haitian President and his Prime Minister, the Haitian civil society, international experts and NGO’s representatives, former President Bill Clinton, etc.

Through a provocative and radical point of view the film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure.

A definitive blow to any self-congratulatory institutional reports, FATAL ASSISTANCE leads to the only plausible outcome: immediate stop of current aid policies and practice.


Screenplay: Raoul PECK

Director: Raoul PECK

Producers:
Rémi GRELLETY
Raoul PECK
Hébert PECK

Production companies: Velvet Film (France)
Figuier Production (Haiti)
Velvet Film INC. (USA)

Coproducers:
ARTE France
RTBF (Belgium)
Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium)

Voices-over:
Natalie PAUL / Hébert PECK (English version)
Céline SALLETTE / Raoul PECK (French version)

Directors of Photography:
Rachèle MAGLOIRE
Kirsten JOHNSON
Antoine STRUYF
Rafael SOLIS
Richard SÉNÉCAL

Sound:
Judith KARP
Ricardo PÉREZ
Sylvain MALBRANT
Stéphane THIÉBAUT

Editor: Alexandra STRAUSS

Composer: Alexei AIGUI


Year of production: 2012
Length: 100 minutes
Original languages: French, English, and Haitian Creole
Shooting support: XDCam

French title: Assistance Mortelle

Coproduction countries: France, Haiti, United States, and Belgium

Main producer:
VELVET FILM
36, rue d’Enghien
75010 Paris – France
Tel. +33 9 51 97 43 30
contact@velvet-film.com

International sales agent:
DOC & FILM
13, rue Portefoin
75003 Paris – France
Tel. +33 1 42 77 56 87
Fax : +33 1 42 77 36 56
sales@docandfilm.com