The End Of Poverty (2008)
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The aphorism "The poor are always with us" dates back to the New Testament, but while the phrase is still sadly apt in the 21st century, few seem to be able to explain why poverty is so widespread. Activist filmmaker Philippe Diaz examines the history and impact of economic inequality in the third world in the documentary The End of Poverty?, and makes the compelling argument that it's not an accident or simple bad luck that has created a growing underclass around the world. Diaz traces the
May 19, 2008 Wide
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Even if you're convinced by the many well-spoken interviewees, the film's conclusion is almost as depressing as the historical indictment that precedes it.
Because Diaz constructs his movie like a classroom tutorial, we expect something more from him than an appeal to end privatization.
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.
It's heartbreaking, of course, but also crassly manipulative and blandly shot, too.
so stuck in the self-importance of covering the economically disadvantaged that it thoroughly loses the ability to show how the circumstances evolved to such a state.
A didactic documentary that covers ground already trampled to death by countless other films, books, magazine articles, and grad-student theses.
The most articulate film to date describing the modern means and methods of the free market enslavement of undeveloped countries.
A timely and provocative documentary, but it's rather dull, poorly synthesized and fails to keep you engaged with an overload of information and a disorganized variety of interviews.
Documentary takes a unique and ambitious big-picture approach to a daunting, seemingly endless problem.
...uncharacteristically revolutionary among today's issue documentaries, and all the more refreshing for its bluntness.
The End Of Poverty? offers simplistic answers to many of the most pressing questions of our time.
It's startling to realize that locales supplying most resources we consider most valuable are Earth's most poverty-stricken spots. The film makes a compelling argument that our economic system is the equivalent of human doom.
In essence, this damning documentary is a history lesson uncovering the ugly underbelly of Western Civilization from 1492 up to the present.
Perhaps most surprising of all are the parallels Diaz accidentally draws between the "evil" First World and the "innocent" Third.
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