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.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Tuff Gong Pictures


Critic Reviews for Life And Debt

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
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 23, 2006
Time Out
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It's mostly persuasive in the position it argues.

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.

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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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.

Alex T.
Alex T.

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
Mina Blyly-Strauss

We watched this stupid documentary film in Geography. It was really bad. It's just weird because...I looked at the reviews and the darn thing is 91% fresh. What the heck? Okay's about like the IMF and how it's affecting Jamaica and...I dunno, it's interesting and all, but it's like the narrator is intentionally trying to make Americans feel like crap. And it's working. But really, we shouldn't have to feel like crap because it's not like its our fault we were born into better circumstances than they were. I mean...I understand they are going through tough times. They have a right to be mad and upset about what's happened. I feel bad for them and I'm all for trying to help them out, but I don't want to hear about how fortunate we are and how we're stupid because we have more money than they do. And that's exactly what the narrator continues to remind you. Grr.

Sonya L
Sonya L

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