The Forum for Scholars and Publics held a screening of Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance at the Nasher Museum on Monday, November 3, 2014. Fatal Assistance explores the complexity of reconstruction and the failures of international humanitarian aid in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The film concluded with a Q&A with Peck and author Jonathan Katz.
Feature-length films by Peck:
Fatal Assistance Documentary, 2013
Moloch Tropical Narrative, 2011
Sometimes In April Narrative, HBO 2004
Profit, nothing but! Documentary, 2001
LUMUMBA Narrative, 2000
Corps plongés Narrative, 1998
Chère Catherine Video essay, 1998
Haïti, the Silence of the Dogs Documentary, 1994
Desounen – Dialogue with Death Documentary, 1994
The Man by the Shore Narrative, 1993
Lumumba – Death of a Prophet Documentary, 1991
Haitian Corner Narrative, 1987-1988
Filmmaker and political activist
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.
Journalist and Author
Jonathan M.Katz is a journalist and author. As the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti, he survived and was first to internationally report the January 2010 earthquake, then stayed to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall he broke the story that the United Nations likely caused—and was covering up its role in—a postquake cholera epidemic that killed thousands more. Prior to moving to Haiti, he was based for two years in the Dominican Republic. Katz is now a freelance journalist covering international and domestic affairs.