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The End of Poverty?

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Philippe Diaz

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About the Movie

Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries. Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates The End of Poverty?, a feature-length documentary directed by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today’s financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line. Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, The End of Poverty? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania. It is produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Why Philippe Diaz has titled his new documentary The End of Poverty? is unclear, because this guilt trip/history lesson is really about the beginning of poverty. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: As a sign of the film's structural sloppiness, Cobb's cure for global poverty is nearly lost in a welter of unsourced stats and factoids. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Powerful and upsetting. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: For all his film's sober analysis, Diaz never loses sight of the human cost of global capitalism. – Andrew Schenker, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Interesting, but typical liberal "anti-white" hate and Marxism

Read the reviews on this movie before buying. Poverty DID exist before 1492, poverty DID exist before the "evil white man" came and conquered Latin America. I found this topic interesting, but typical liberal racism and really only talks about the past, not the present. It's main point, capitalism and Western society is evil. You might want to think about that as a theme before you spend the money on it.

I am formally trained...

… in international relations and development theory. I left this formal training partially because my peers accepted completely the privatization and institutionalized exploitation of everyone and everything on this planet. You lose nothing by watching this film. It's worth it. I promise you it will change your life. People are being thrown away every second of every day like garbage just as they have been for centuries and they don't deserve such treatment.

Important discussion of roots of poverty

As this film discusses, the reason poverty still exists is because those in power gain from keeping others in poverty. This is an enjoyable and worthwhile documentary.

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