Docs In Theaters: ‘Fatal Assistance’


Nonfics is not able to review every documentary and nonfiction film released in the U.S. That’s why Docs In Theaters is here to provide at least a guide to all the new releases, without critical thoughts. Where available, we will link to our own review of the film or a review at our sister site, Film School Rejects.

Fatal Assistance

Directed by Raoul Peck (documentary Lumumba: Death of a Prophet and drama Lumumba)

Featuring Bill Clinton, Sean Penn, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive

Official Synopsis: Award-winning Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck (Man By the Shore, Lumumba, Sometimes in April) takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. This crushing fact based documentary 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. Fatal Assistance leads to the only plausible outcome: immediate stop of current aid policies and practice. [Velvet Film]

Nonfics Rating: ★★★★ [FSR review by Christopher Campbell]

Now playing at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York City.

For details and showtimes, check the Film Society of Lincoln Center website.

Also available on DVD.

(Editor in Chief)

Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.