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Life and Debt

Director: Stephanie Black

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2001

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Synopsis

Jamaica, land of sand, sea and sun... and a prime example of the complexities of economic globalisation on the world's developing countries.

With twenty-five years of "help" from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank intended to bring Third World nations such as Jamaica into the fold of free market economies, these restructuring policies have crippled Jamaica's efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching the lenders. This scathing film is an unapologetic look at the new world order from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy officials.

Featuring a dynamic reggae soundtrack and a searing voice-over based on text by Jamaica Kincaid, as well as interviews with former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, former Deputy Director of the IMF Stanley Fischer and former President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, LIFE AND DEBT portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of international lending agencies while driving home the devastating consequences of globalisation.

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Cast

Starring:  Former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Former Deputy Director of the IMF Stanley Fischer, President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Credits

Director: Stephanie Black

Writer(s):  Jamaica Kincaid (based on 'A Small Place')

Producers:  Stephanie Black

Editor:  John Mullen

Cinematographer:  Malik Sayeed, Kyle Kibber, Richard Lannaman, Alex Nepomniaschy

Music:  Mutabaruka

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2001

Language:  English

Duration:  82 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Documentary

Theatrical Release Date:  28th February 2003

DVD Release Date:  23rd August 2010

Reviews

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Powerful!...The movie offers the clearest analysis of globalization and its negative effects that I've ever seen"

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THE NEW YORK OBSERVER

"A must-see film"

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THE GUARDIAN

"Mandatory viewing for anyone interested in globalisation"

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BBC MOVIES

"brilliant"

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WHAT'S ON

"A timely, powerful work"

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LINTON KWESI JOHNSON

"engaging... incisive... Life and Debt is a very powerful weapon in the arsenal of the global movement for a more equitable economic order."

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