Renowned Filmmaker, Raoul Peck uses his award-winning documentary “Fatal Assistance” as a tool to preserve the peoples voice, identity, concerns and needs to overcome monumental disasters. Move over, his film is a teaching tool to teach those who are open to improve their missionary tactics when offering relief aid to those impacted by natural disasters.
There is no warning, or one instruction manual to follow when a natural disaster strikes. History has dealt numerous catastrophic events around the world that have an annihilating impact on people and their environments. It is the aftermath and how we as humans deal with our humanitarian efforts to assist those in need. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti is a prime example of how development AID was used, misused and in some cases abused, in its efforts to help the Haitian people and rebuild this small island located in the West Indies. Raoul Peck used his lens, the voice of the people and exposure of dysfunctional tactics in his film for posterity.
Peck comments, “It’s across the board: Africa, Latin America, even some Asian countries. It didn’t just start in Haiti. It goes back more than 60 years. We’re just figuring out that Development Aid does not live up to its name. It is neither an aid nor a development. Looking at the majority of African nations that have received Development Aid, we wonder: where has this aid been successful? Has anything changed? Those countries who’ve received that aid, how much progress have they experienced? Are they better equipped to defend themselves? Is there less inequality? Of course there are victories, like the Aids epidemic, for instance. But even with massive assistance (at least on paper), the results are weak. Aid is deceiving. 40 to 60 percent of Aid money remains in the country that pledges it. So is it really an “Aid”?” Peck’s powerful film “Fatal Assistance” is one that ignites dialogue, __ politics, and explores the possibility — “If we (and I include other nations) had the ability, the intelligence and the power to negotiate on equal footing, on a leveled playing field with them, we could reap the benefits.”
Whether he’s keynote on a big stage or work-shopping with students throughout the world, he is an intriguing and inspiring presenter and accomplished intellect. A filmmaker with a global footprint, Peck has advanced the art and the truth of both narrative and documentary filmmaking.
This program by Raoul Peck is perfect for: Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs, Cultural Celebrations, Lecture Board, Black History Month, Greek Life, BSU, ASU, GSA, Student Affairs, Current Affairs, International Affairs, Political Science, Campus Ministry, Social Justice Organizations/Movements, University lecture series, NGOs, Development Organizations, Church Missionary Groups
Student Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending “A Lesson in Diplomacy – Humanitarian AID Shouldn’t be a Band-Aid” students/audiences will be able to:
- Students/Audiences participating in this session can evaluate the methods of aid and how it is administered to those in need
- Provide clearer objectives and have an open dialogue on missionary and relief aid work under devastating circumstances
- Develop a plan for community service and establish an involvement goal for effective, impactful and successful assistance/relief aid.
- Increase social as well as cultural competency and social responsibility to capture/document history of people raising their images above the views of victimization. (for Communications majors/professionals)