Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Good Fortune - a film about Silva and Jackson

Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest squatter community are being demolished as part of a United Nations slum-upgrading project. In the rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multi-million dollar rice farm.

Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid. With a broad scope and intimate style, the film portrays gripping stories of human perseverance and suggests that the answers for Africa lie in the resilience of its people.

Called “gripping and infuriating” by, the film raises tough questions about how international development has undermined efforts to bring Kenya and other African nations out of extreme poverty. A lack of community involvement, government corruption and naiveté compound to undermine projects forged with the best intentions.

Here's the trailer:

Would you like to see the complete film? Well, the next screenings are on October 21st, 2010 in Mexico and in Belgium...


TheBigBoss said...

Funny, just wrote an article about it yesterday...

But fail to understand why video from post-election violence where inserted at the end of the short teaser (none in the long teaser).

Collins said...

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