Life And Debt (2001)
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Using Jamaica as its focus, filmmaker Stephanie Black presents an in-depth examination of the impact of the International Monetary Fund's global economic policies on a developing nation's economy. The program represents the views of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government officials and policy experts.
Sep 21, 2001 Limited
Jun 24, 2003
Tuff Gong Pictures
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Powerfully illustrates what globalization has been doing to underdeveloped countries around the world.
This case study of globalization's effects on Jamaica is a timely, never dull piece of agitprop that comes off as a cross between Godard's social protest docs and The Harder They Come.
Talking heads are intercut to synthesise theory and practice, but as an economic diatribe this is a bit patronising and not wholly persuasive.
... after viewing Life and Debt, the audience's way of seeing things has been quietly and powerfully changed.
The damning commentary and revelations about the perils of globalization, not just for Jamaica but developing countries the world over, do come across loud and clear.
Stephanie Black puts into context the differences between the Jamaica seen by tourists and the country inhabited by its oppressed people.
As documentaries about economics go, this one is way, way up at the top.
Try to imagine the most boring lecture you've ever sat through, and you might have a vague conception of what it's like watching Life and Debt.
Here is a documentary that should be mandatory viewing for anyone interested in globalisation that, war or no war, remains one of the most contentious issues of our times.
Puts a human face - many human faces - on the debt crisis and the effects of open trade on a Third World country.
A powerful, intelligently-assembled documentary from American director Stephanie Black, which explores the devastating impact of globalisation upon the Caribbean island of Jamaica.
As an expose of such international carpetbagging, Life + Debt is brilliant stuff.
A must-see for everyone who wants to understand the human cost of globalization.
It is provocative and highly resonant, and informative without being dry or terminally academic.
I found myself daydreaming, looking at my watch, dozing off.
An eye-opener and a primer on why the IMF and the World Bank are not to be trusted by emerging third-world countries.
Black's tactics are heavy-handed, but her ability to efficiently organize the complex material at hand and capture telling imagery makes Life and Debt an equally elegant and vitriolic diatribe.
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