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.
Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By: Stephanie Black
Written By: Jamaica Kincaid
In Theaters: limited
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Tuff Gong Pictures

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13)

Powerfully illustrates what globalization has been doing to underdeveloped countries around the world.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Variety
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Talking heads are intercut to synthesise theory and practice, but as an economic diatribe this is a bit patronising and not wholly persuasive.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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It's mostly persuasive in the position it argues.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Globe and Mail
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... after viewing Life and Debt, the audience's way of seeing things has been quietly and powerfully changed.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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