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Good Fortune

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PBS Premiere: July 13, 2010

Synopsis

Good Fortune is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In Kenya’s rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multimillion-dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a U.N. slum-upgrading project. The gripping stories of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development present a unique opportunity see foreign aid through eyes of the people it is intended to help.

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TAGS: africa, kenya, poverty, united nations

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Film Information

Good Fortune (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 13, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmakers: Landon Van Soest, Jeremy Levine Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Filmmaker Statement | Fact Sheet

Filmmakers

Landon Van Soest
Landon Van Soest
Jeremy Levine
Jeremy Levine

It’s important that we, as Western citizens, do what we can to combat extreme poverty. I hope this film can be the beginning of a discussion, and I hope that the way we administer aid in the future can change as a result.”

— Landon Van Soest, Filmmaker

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