PBS Frontline: The Quake

This is a very graphic account of the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, including quite gruesome images of the dead and injured (forewarning may be appropriate for sensitive audiences). That said, it provides an important account of the scale and magnitude of the quake and its power to disrupt urban Haitians’ lives. The focus is on Port Au Prince, where one in 10 residents were killed in the earthquake. The film reveals the tenuous nature of urban life in the developing world and the particular vulnerability of developing-world cities to natural disasters. The first half addresses the quake itself and the complete collapse of institutions and infrastructure that followed; the second half places this in the context of Haitian history, particularly the country’s reliance on foreign aid.

Unfortunately only available on the US

The Quake


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