The End of Poverty?

The End of Poverty?

Martin Sheen
Director: Philippe Diaz Cast: Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
, Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen
, Eduardo Yssa
Eduardo Yssa
Philippe Diaz


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The aphorism "The poor are always with us" dates back to the New Testament, but while the phrase is still sadly apt in the 21st century, few seem to be able to explain why poverty is so widespread. Activist filmmaker Philippe Diaz examines the history and impact of economic inequality in the third world in the documentary The End of Poverty?, and makes the compelling argument that it's not an accident or simple bad luck that has created a growing underclass around the world. Diaz traces the growth of global poverty back to colonization in the 15th century, and features interviews with a number of economists, sociologists, and historians who explain how poverty is the clear consequence of free-market economic policies that allow powerful nations to exploit poorer countries for their assets and keep money in the hands of the wealthy rather than distributing it more equitably to the people who have helped them gain their fortunes. Diaz also explores how wealthy nations (especially the United States) seize a disproportionate share of the world's natural resources, and how this imbalance is having a dire impact on the environment as well as the economy. The End of Poverty? was an official selection at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
UPC: 0881394108820
Original Release: 2008
Source: Cinema Libre
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 39,326

Special Features

Extended Interviews w/Experts Including: John Perkins: How Economic Hit Men Work; ; Heather Remoff: Colonialism and Monnoculture in Africa; ; Joshua Farley: How Land Tax in Brazil Would Break Up Latifundia; ; Mason Gaffney: How U.S. Companies Gain Control of Land Overseas; ; HWO Okoth-Ogendo: On Private Party; Gitu wa Kahengeri: On the Results of Independence; ; Interview with Director; Stawi Youth & Adult Centre (Kenya) Profile; ; DVD-ROM Content: Resources and Actions and a New Remedy For Poverty

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Sheen Narrator
Amartya Sen Participant
Eduardo Yssa Participant
Nora Castañeda Participant
William Easterly Participant
Eric Toussaint Participant
Oscar Olivera Participant
Joseph Stiglitz Participant
Eric Mgendi Participant
Jerome Guillet Participant
Joshua Farley Participant
Nimrod Arackha Participant
Kipruto Arap Kirwa Participant
Joseph Ole Kishau Participant
John Perkins Participant
Chalmers Johnson Participant
Clifford Cobb Participant
Susan George Participant

Technical Credits
Philippe Diaz Director,Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Luci Alcantara Production Manager
Cristian Bettler Score Composer,Associate Producer
Chesa Boudin Production Manager
Patrick Bowsher Sound Mixer
Richard Castro Co-producer
Clifford Cobb Executive Producer
Tom Von Doom Editor
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky Production Manager
Tracey Morris Camera Operator
Carla Ortiz Associate Producer
Beth Portello Producer,Sound/Sound Designer
Max Soussan Score Composer
Matthew Stillman Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- End of Poverty?
1. Introduction [5:00]
2. Colonialism [6:02]
3. Slavery [7:27]
4. Natural Resources [11:42]
5. Economic Consequences [4:18]
6. Cultural Consequences [7:37]
7. Dominance Of Capitalism [6:37]
8. The Debt [5:43]
9. The Advent of Neoliberalism [9:56]
10. The International Financial Institutions [5:35]
11. International Trade [5:43]
12. Agent & Economic Hitmen [6:59]
13. Consequences of Our System [8:59]
14. Solutions [13:10]

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