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The Trouble with Aid

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When we drop our coins into an Oxfam or Red Cross bucket, we’re putting our faith in these agencies to do good on our behalf. But can humanitarian workers achieve what we expect from them in these knotted, confused crises? Aid agencies have wrestled with this since the 1960s, but the clarity of debate in this excellent two-hour film offers a fresh appreciation of the complexities of their task. From Rwanda and Kosovo to modern-day Afghanistan, seasoned experts give frank, sometimes brutal assessments of their work.


Documentary exploring 45 years of international humanitarian efforts in countries including Somalia, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, and examining why providing aid can sometimes have unintended and terrible consequences. With contributions by key players from some of the world's largest aid agencies.

Cast & Crew

Director Ricardo Pollack
Executive Producer Jonathan Hewes
Producer Ricardo Pollack


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