The End Of Poverty Reviews
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.
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.