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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.
It's mostly persuasive in the position it argues.
... 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.
It is an instructive story of exploitation.
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.
Its potent message deserves to be heard.
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.
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