Produced & Edited by Jeremy S. Levine | Directed by: Landon Van Soest | Production Company: Transient Pictures
Good Fortune is an Emmy Award-winning feature documentary that explores how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.
On the outskirts of Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest squatter community are being demolished as part of a United Nations slum-upgrading project. In the rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multi-million dollar rice farm.
Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid. 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.
Winner, National News & Documentary Emmy Award
Winner, Silverdocs Witness Award, AFI Docs
Winner, Overseas Press Club Carl Spielvogel Award for International Reporting
Centerpiece Presentation, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Official selection of over 30 film festivals, including IDFA, AFI Docs, and CPH:DOX