Fatal Assistance

Fatal Assistance ★★★½

After colonialism's infamy became insurmountable in public relations, the binary of developed and underdeveloped became the preferred method. The promotion of developmentalism in the Third World was in reality the metropole’s backhanded and reinvigorated intention to control the wealth and resources of the formerly colonized. Sometime at the end of the last century, in Haiti, the narrative of development was replaced with a new narrative of patronizing humanitarian aid. Raoul Peck’s Assistance Mortelle (2013) is a welcomed exposé of this, although like in I Am Not Your Negro (2016), Peck's clichéd documentary forms detract from the strength of the message.