Good Fortune

PBS Premiere: July 13, 2010Check the broadcast schedule »

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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