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Through intimate portraits of three individuals living in the poorest areas of Kenya, Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.


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The West has spent $2.3 trillion in charitable aid over the last 50 years but has failed to significantly reduced poverty levels in Africa. In fact, many of our best intentions have actually undermined the communities they aimed to benefit. GOOD FORTUNE presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the lens of the people it is intended to help. Shot over three years across Kenya's diverse landscapes, the film interweaves intimate portraits of three individuals targeted by massive international development projects. Jackson, Silva, and Okech fight against the odds as they confront the development projects that are threatening to destroy their homes and livelihoods. 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. On neighboring Lake Victoria, Oketch battles World Bank environmental policies that are making it nearly impossible for him to survive as a fisherman... Written by Transient Pictures

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All about one of the real reasons Africa is so poor...
26 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This documentary is about three different people all living in Kenya--one of the more corrupt nations on the continent. In each of the three cases, people CLAIM that they are coming to help make life better for the poor, but these locals all assume it's just the same old story--the corrupt government will get richer from foreign aid and foreign investment but the poor will only suffer. For example, one story is about to be moved to temporary housing as their supposedly new and improved homes are going to be built by the government and UN. However, the last time they built a project in the area, a government official's wife took the project for herself and the poor got nothing! And, in another case, folks in the countryside are being moved in order for a dam to be built so foreign investors can flood the land and grow rice--promising lots of jobs and an end to poverty. But, the people just know they're being forced off the land and assume they'll get no benefit.

This documentary is about perhaps the biggest reason Africa is so poor today--government corruption. In countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and others, the government long ago promised to end poverty--but in the end, the government officials and their families become immensely wealthy and the people life in squalor. So, when well-intentioned outsiders throw trillions into projects to help the poor, the local governments take HUGE chunks of the money--making themselves rich and often their army stronger. This might also explain why AIDS education grants don't seem to stop the rapid transmission of HIV and kids still die by the millions from malnutrition. I am not sure what the solution is, but certainly careful oversight of the funds certainly is a start. And, the film did an excellent job of demonstrating this problem. However, be aware that, at times, this is a hard film to watch--especially when there is a government crackdown following riots about a rigged election. You see dead and dying people--all the result of repressive police action. Well worth seeing.

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