Press Reaction

Alex Strachan, Postmedia News

“It has the immediacy and nervous energy of a news bulletin but it has the passion, anger and moral strength of one of the great modern documentaries. The cable-news channels will be full of news of Haiti this week, but if you're looking for something that goes beyond the headlines and reveals a side of the Haiti quake you might not have seen before, make an appointment with Frontline tonight.”

Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“A stark ‘Frontline’ …

Often the inevitable anniversary programs about a catastrophe undercut themselves by trying to do too much; they burn a lot of time revisiting the initial disaster, then try to follow too many threads leading from it. The ‘Frontline’ program, from the producer Dan Reed, doesn’t make that mistake. It keeps its focus on one particular event within the initial calamity: the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince collapsed, and thousands of inmates escaped.”

Cynthia Fuchs, Pop Matters

“… while it offers a version of Frontline‘s typically acute observations and wide-ranging interviews (with cops and gangsters, aid workers and parents), it also offers remarkable imagery, evoking the surreal life of Haitians now, a mix of daily horrors and bright sunshine, expansive poverty and tight quarters. It’s a beautifully constructed report on continuing trauma.”

Carolyn Davis, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is tough TV.”

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Posted January 11, 2011

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