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The End of Poverty?

The End of Poverty?
1:44:00 | 2009

Categories: Documentary, History

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.


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December 22, 2013
Rebecah Benjamin
December 12, 2013
This is a very important movie, everyone should watch it to understand how we are all being robbed.
Norm Bush
December 11, 2013
I appreciate, as a writer and journalist, the attention to detail; and some solutions , a beginning, (or introduction) body, and conclusions. Nice.
August 17, 2013
Why spend time on "ain't it awful stories" which move one to feel frustrated or self-righteous; when "this is how we improved it stories" inspire and motivate?
Helen McIntosh
August 14, 2013
I would have given it a better score if there had been any flexibility in picking the grade myself.
Imran Ali
August 14, 2013
This movie helps viewers move beyond commonly held misconceptions on the concept of poverty and moves them to a place to understand what really causes this social issue.
Endora Harris
December 28, 2012
Greed + Violence = Poverty.
Endora Harris
December 28, 2012
Poverty did not just happen; it was created! Greed driven call em' what you want: white people, Germanic tribes, Europeans who wanted everything God had provided to other nations went about killing, stealing and destroying the rest of the world until they had unjustly engorged their white selves with the wealth of the world.
Darnell Smith
December 25, 2012
We are a self define society of people, largely feed from the spoon of propaganda believing that we are civilized. We are the most barbaric species to inhabit this planet....we are a cancer that will eventual consume itself......
Gregory Portal
October 11, 2012
Before you vote in this or any other election, see this film.Then vote and pray!