Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus (2012)
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To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus' extraordinary humanitarian work, which started when he simply lent $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket. As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people - mainly women - with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return - unheard of in the financial world. But Muhammad Yunus didn't stop there. Bonsai People offers a glimpse into his visionary work. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus
Using boring lectures by Yunus and pedantic commentary by Mosher, it has all the excitement of an infomercial touting mattresses.
Feels more like a free-market sales pitch than like a critical look at one weapon in the poverty-fighting arsenal that may or may not offer long-term hope.
Packed with details that somehow don't weigh it down, this is a hopeful film - about the power of honest work to confer dignity as well as put food on the table, about how the seed of an idea can take root and grow.
Grameen empowers budding entrepreneurs and lends to one out of every thousand people on the planet, which ain't no thrill ride in cinematic form.
A documentary like this is something you watch in a classroom and have an in-depth discussion about afterwards...
...presents such a glowing advertisement for Yunus and the work of the Grameen Bank that you expect to see him sporting a halo and playing a harp.
A moving tribute to a true visionary with a viable plan to alleviate suffering.
One man's address of worldwide poverty makes for compelling viewing in Holly Mosher's deeply humane and inspiring, if somewhat simplistic, documentary.
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