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Good Fortune
Year:  2009
Running Time:  70 minutes
Country:  USA/Kenya
Language:  English/Swahili, with English Subtitles
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater
Showtime:   Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 09:35 PM
Director:  Landon Van Soest

Description:
  Sylvia is a midwife in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest shantytown, and she’s worried about losing her home and business when a UN project to tear down the slum and replace it with “affordable” block-style housing for the poor breaks ground. The rent for the new houses, built specifically for her and thousands of her neighbors, will be out of her reach, meaning she will not be able to stay and must find a new place to live—all thanks to a project aimed at helping the poor. In the rural countryside, Jackson is grazing his cattle through the lush grasses of one of Kenya’s largest remaining wetlands. As he moves through the valley, Jackson makes a startling discovery: the once fertile pasture has been slashed and burned, leaving only charred papyrus stalks and stagnant pools of water.

It seems that an Oklahoma-based agricultural company is clearing the area behind a 16-foot dam to store water for its vast rice fields. The West has spent billions of dollars over the years on aid to Africa, yet poverty persists. Following the struggles of two families whose lives will be overturned by these projects and the humanitarians who are determined to “help” them, GOOD FORTUNE shows that sometimes the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.


*****
Screening with: Milk and Chocolate





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