Good Fortune

Overview

Western nations annually spend millions in dollars in relief efforts for African nations, but the problems of poverty and famine refuse to go away. Is this because of a fundamental problem with Africa, or due to a chronic misunderstanding of the matters at hand by Western politicians and businessmen? Filmmaker Landon Van Soest examines the issues of wealth versus need in Africa and two examples of how efforts to help have gone horribly wrong in the documentary Good Fortune. Jackson is a small farmer who raises ...
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Overview

Western nations annually spend millions in dollars in relief efforts for African nations, but the problems of poverty and famine refuse to go away. Is this because of a fundamental problem with Africa, or due to a chronic misunderstanding of the matters at hand by Western politicians and businessmen? Filmmaker Landon Van Soest examines the issues of wealth versus need in Africa and two examples of how efforts to help have gone horribly wrong in the documentary Good Fortune. Jackson is a small farmer who raises cattle in Kenya; the wetlands near his property have provided him excellent grazing land for years, but a large agricultural firm based in Oklahoma has come into the territory to establish a $21 million rice plantation, with the owners claiming the project will bring dozens of jobs to the area. However, damming up the grounds for the project has destroyed the wetlands, putting Jackson and hundreds of other local farmers out of business. And in the town of Kibera, Silva is a midwife who lives in a poor neighborhood; while the homes are primitive and lack modern plumbing, they provide adequate shelter the people can afford. But Silva has learned that the neighborhood is being torn down to create new low-cost housing designed by an American firm, and though the apartments will be low-cost by American standards, they're too expensive for Silva and nearly all her neighbors, forcing them to find new places to live. Along with Jackson and Silva's stories, the film shows how they and others like them have fought to protect their own interests, and why such ill-conceived projects continue to happen. Good Fortune was an official entry at the 2009 Silverdocs Film Festival.
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Special Features

Delted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • UPC: 841887013055
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,929

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Landon Vansoest Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Diana Barrett Executive Producer
Katy Chevigny Executive Producer
T. Griffin Score Composer
Judith Helfand Executive Producer
Andrew Herwitz Executive Producer
Jeremy Levine Editor, Producer
Collins Mbira Sound/Sound Designer
Alexander Stikitch Cinematographer
Michael Wanjohi Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- P.O.V.: Good Fortune
1. Introduction [:43]
2. Something of Significance [:31]
3. Why I Came to Kibera [2:02]
4. The Act of Dominion [9:16]
5. It's Like We're Being Robbed [7:57]
6. I Am Not Poor [7:40]
7. Political Will [10:38]
8. Against the Americans [5:26]
9. Kibaki Must Go [7:23]
10. Many Things Have Gone Wrong [9:30]
11. Six Months Later [2:01]
12. I'll Persevere [2:08]
13. Credits [4:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- P.O.V.: Good Fortune
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Setup
      Subtitles - On
      Subtitles - Off
   Special Features
      Jackson Sees a Lawyer
      Mary's Conclusion
      Francis Deleted Scenes
      More With Calvin Burgess
      Silva's Group Meeting
   PBS.org
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