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Good Fortune (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | June 2009 (USA)
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.


Landon Van Soest
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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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23 October 2012 | by bbshakaSee all my reviews

It funny how people like to tell others how they should be or what they need to do, in the case of the people removed from their land by dominion investors it is clear that the people knew their resources and didn't see themselves as poor. To understand this so called problem in Africa that everyone thinks they can diagnose one should start at looking at history, because of capitalism system, Europeans conquered Africa when there was no poverty or disease and people were living with each other in harmony. After enslaving and killing 200 million of them the rest were taken off their land and told that their spiritual believes were of the devil and converted them to Christianity an act that uprooted them from their roots,The colonists created schools to educate a few of the Africans so as to be able to get assistance to run their colony.long story short the British colonists had no interest in helping the Africans who did not need help in the first place,it was all about their land, if anyone is interested to learn the truth let them find books written by elite Africans about history e.g. Facing Mt Kenya written by the first president of Kenya and many others. From that point on it has been cause and effect of people who were misplaced, lost their identity and mistreated. If the people do not think they are poor leave them alone with their land to do with it whatever makes them comfortable isn't it not what we all want to do with our property. Capitalism is the worst system since man kind and it will finally destroy us all, it feeds off poor people because they can be used for cheap labor to maximize profits when will it be enough to share with the rest of the world. Descendants of enslaved Africans have now been totally messed up after 300yrs of straight slavery just over three decades have passed since civil rights they cant even figure out why they have low self esteem and don't seem to like anything about their appearance. I think its not too late for western countries to stop trying to assist people who don't need the help and if they really have to, let them start with forgiving the loans they hold against African countries that is like a drop in the ocean for them so that they can build schools,hospitals and roads if they need them. Africans are the most hard working people on earth didn't they build America for free, Don't they support European economy to date. Worse genocide in the World was and still is of African people, forget what you hear in the news about the middle East, oil rich countries or even America

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