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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Good Fortune and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Good Fortune: Discussion Guide

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Good Fortune explores how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may potentially undermine the very communities they aim to help. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from organizations interested in improving the quality of life in Kenya, this feature length (73-minute) film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of its intended beneficiaries.

As an outreach tool, Good Fortune challenges viewers to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the processes of well-intentioned foreign aid projects by inviting them to re-think what might constitute success and sustainable development, not just for some, but for all. Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, the film portrays gripping stories of human perseverance and suggests that the answers for Kenya lie in the resilience of its people.

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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


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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