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Life And Debt (2001)

Life And Debt



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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jamaica Kincaid
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2003
Tuff Gong Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Life And Debt

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's mostly persuasive in the position it argues.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

... 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
Top Critic

It is an instructive story of exploitation.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Life And Debt

It's pretty one-sided, but if you want to see the how the IMF and World Bank screws third world countries, this is it.


documentary about the effects of the global economy/banking system on jamaica, like the way the narration is in first person speaking directly to an audience in the first world

Mina Blyly-Strauss

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