GOOD FORTUNE

 
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SYNOPSIS

In the rural countryside of Kenya, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multi-million 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 United Nations slum-upgrading project. 

Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid. Is it possible that massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit? With a broad scope and intimate style, the film portrays gripping stories of human perseverance and suggests that the answers for Africa lie in the resilience of its people.


 
 
 
With its drop-dead gorgeous cinematography and truly respectful viewpoint, Good Fortune shows us some very good people in a very beautiful land learning a rough lesson the hard way: You can’t fight City Hall.
— Chris Barsanti, FilmCritic.com
 

 

awards & impact

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CREDITS

GENRE: Documentary feature

DIRECTORS: Landon Van Soest

PRODUCERS: Landon Van Soest, Jeremy Levine

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Katy Chevigny, Judith Helfand, Diana Barrett, Andrew Herwitz

TOTAL RUNTIME: 73 minutes