Haiti/BEL/F/USA 2013, 100 min
Raoul Peck explores the situation after the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.
12 January, 2010. A devastating earthquake shakes Haiti’s capital. In an instant 250,000 people are killed and 1.2 million left homeless. NGOs from all over the world send experts for critical relief efforts. At first, everyone has high hopes: at an international donors’ conference billions of dollars are pledged and the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), co-chaired by Bill Clinton, is created to oversee worldwide solidarity efforts. But, two-and-a-half years later, you only have to set foot in Port-au-Prince to see the international community has failed. Hundreds of thousands are still living in tents; the IHRC is as good as dead and only a fraction of the funds pledged have arrived in Haiti.
Filmed over two years, Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck’s documentary tries to find out how, in spite the international community’s promises, the needs of ten million people in the Caribbean came to be met in such a paltry fashion. He questions political decision-makers, private contractors and engineers – and of course ordinary Haitian people, who have begun a painstaking reconstruction of their own.
Peck powerfully asserts Haiti’s right to create its own story. – New York Times
- Berlinale, Berlinale Special 2013
Director of Photography
Rachèle Magloire, Kirsten Johnson, Antoine Struyf, Rafael Solis, Richard Sénécal
Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, Hébert Peck