Raoul Peck was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was educated in Haiti, Zaire (Congo), the United States, France and Germany. His parents fled the Duvalier dictatorship in 1961, finding asylum and a new life in the Republic of Congo, which became their second home for nearly twenty-five years. Peck initially attended school in Leopoldville, later public school in Brooklyn, New York, and finally Orleans, France. He lived for an extended time in Zaïre and Germany and studied industrial engineering and economics at Berlin University. He started a Ph.D. in Development Strategies, which he chose to abandon after two years following the sudden death of his doctorate mentor. He was accepted into the competitive film program at The Berlin Germany Academy of Film, where he received a degree 1984. Peck has worked as a journalist and photographer and film professor. He currently resides between France, Haïti and New York.