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½ January 18, 2015
Very powerful. A reality we all need to face and rectify. The only reason I knocked off half a star is because it was a bit longer than necessary.
September 4, 2013
Excellent piece of documentary detailing how the West through their actions and policies have impoverished the world. Getting it for my classes.
January 17, 2013
Powerful documentary that underlines the origins of capitalism and shatters the assumption we have (especially in France) that the purpose of our societies is to help people step out of poverty, whereas their nature is and has always been founded on the exploitation of man by man and to set in stone the discrepancies between rich and poor. I particularly appreciated the participation of John Perkins, the author of the celebrated "Confessions of An Economic Hitman".
January 16, 2013
worst documentary I have ever seen. Says nothing new, just vague accusations and grievance towards europeans that are entirly unfounded. Dont make anymore films mr Diaz.
November 3, 2012
depressing and upsetting seeing one factor of these problems. it gets even more upset when you think you can't do much to change any of these.
½ April 29, 2012
this is the biggest piece of crap propaganda ever. not only is it factually inaccurate from start to finish. but its basically exactly whats wrong with society today. liberalism, laziness due to promises of hand outs and entitlements that no one is entitled and indoctrination instead of education is whats destroying the poor. capitalism is the ONLY thing that will save them and nothing else.
½ April 23, 2012
One of those films where you thought you knew what was going on beforeyou watched it, but after watching it you realize you don't know anything. Makes you appreciate even more how fortunate you are while simultaneously making you sick to your stomach at how fortunate you are.
April 5, 2012
A reflection on the state of consumerism and the effects of capitalism taking over the world and leaving more and more people struggling with poverty. It is thought provoking, and, at times, incites anger, but continues to drive home the same point over and over, instead of offering new perspective.
½ March 12, 2012
Director Philippe Diaz covers plenty of ground in this documentary about poverty as a globally-based, economic system of slavery. Diaz traces poverty's connection to the exploration of the New World starting in 1492. It's very ambitious, almost too ambitious for its own good. This film is chock-full of heart-wrenching interviews of locals suffering in extreme poverty. After about 70-80 minutes into it, the structure comes off repetitive, and the film loses its emotional power. Still, it's quite disturbing in its presentation.
March 1, 2012
Ignorance is bliss but it only makes you stupid
February 2, 2012
An eye opener with credible source!
½ November 5, 2011
neo-liberalism since 1492, all interviewees presented their arguments as facts. +star for the volume of stats, +1/2 star for the novelty of their views (at least to me). This film presents no opposing arguments.
½ September 23, 2011
This documentary film relies heavily on World Systems Theory/Dependency Theory to advance the argument/structural criticism that the emergence and persistence of abject poverty worldwide in places likes Latin America, Asia and Africa is the result of Western economic & political exploitation and manipulation.

While this film does advance some valid points, it however seems to lack in proposing solutions. Only towards the end does the film appear to offer some solutions but these solutions are perhaps too radical and impractical to work.

Futhermore, by laying the burden of blame on "Them" (i.e. big powerful Western governments or multinational corporations working in cahoots with international financial institutions or corrupt local governments), this film perhaps give viewers the sense that, as individuals, the way to resolving or improving the current situation is beyond them, that they are powerless when faced against the powerful "Them". Thus, this film, while it may inspire some to take up the struggle to end poverty, will perhaps cause a larger number of people to feel depressed and hopeless about the situation.
June 4, 2011
interesting. very informating.
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June 3, 2011
"The End of Poverty?" is a documentary that starts well enough in telling the history of colonial exploitation which began in 1492 and simply went downhill from there for the indigenous peoples in Africa, Asia and South America. Surprisingly, things did not get that much better with independence as an insidious form of imperialism took over, more economic than political. The IMF and World Bank(or legal loan sharks, if you will) gave out loans to developing countries while dictating the terms which usually meant the gutting of social programs and protections for their citizens, leaving the population without a safety net or jobs in many cases. Whereas the interviews with ordinary citizens are heartbreaking, they also tend to be repetitious, as the documentary should have spent more time with them and skipped the statistics. These vignettes also give the feeling that the suffering is passive with a few exceptions like the water protests in Bolivia. Not quite, as it turns out.

In reality, a movement has been working on two fronts to challenge the IMF/World bank hegemony that Rebecca Solnit recapped in a recent article. Activists starting in Seattle in 1999 have been bringing huge protests to the bankers' front door, demanding debt forgiveness(Which is mentioned once in the film. It might have a chance if we slashed the military budget), while leaders are elected in South America that are responsive to their citizens' needs, especially in Venezuela and Bolivia.(The documentary talks to most of Evo Morales' government but does not mention his historic win.) And it would have been interesting to compare Cuba to the other countries mentioned in this film which I think has it sort of right. This is not an end, just a new beginning.
November 25, 2010
Spent Thanksgiving watching this. Awesome documentary but it really makes you feel the White-guilt hardcore. Also: the part with the Bolivians making music really got to me.
October 3, 2010
Preachy but on-target indictment of post-colonialist globalized capitalism. Makes the case that poverty and economic disparity are caused by a continuous series of thefts, brutalizations, and dehumanizations of "developing" nations by "developed" ones. While it is not an exhaustive treatment of the subject, it does connect the dots between the different eras of violent exploitation, showing that downright murderous policies and economic models are to blame. What in colonial times was simply accomplished with the stroke of a pen and the deployment of conquistadors is now accomplished with privatization, political corruption, subversive economics, and, as a last resort, plain old murder. This documentary gives us this overview, but whets the appetite for a good deal more information, and leaves us without any specific solutions to apply.
September 27, 2010
good topic and well presented. throws out some sobering facts about poverty and the status of the world. this is an important film to see.
August 27, 2010
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 growth of global poverty back to colonization in the 15th century, and features interviews with a number of economists, sociologists, and historians who explain how poverty is the clear consequence of free-market economic policies that allow powerful nations to exploit poorer countries for their assets and keep money in the hands of the wealthy rather than distributing it more equitably to the people who have helped them gain their fortunes. Diaz also explores how wealthy nations (especially the United States) seize a disproportionate share of the world's natural resources, and how this imbalance is having a dire impact on the environment as well as the economy. THE END OF POVERTY? was an official selection at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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