Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.



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Credited cast:
Belinda Becker ...
Narrator (voice)
Buju Banton ...
Himself - Singer
Horst Köhler ...
Himself - Director, International Monetary Fund (archive footage) (as Horst Kohler)
Michael Manley ...
Himself - Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
Stanley Fischer ...
Himself - Deputy Director International Monetary Fund
Michael Witter ...
Himself - Professor of Economics, University of West Indies (as Dr. Michael Witter)
David Coore ...
Himself - Former Minister of Finance, Jamaica
Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Jean-Bertrand Aristide ...
Himself - President, Haiti
Yami Bolo ...
Himself - Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Lipetzky ...
Himself - U.S. Potato Board (archive footage)
News Anchor
Jerry J. Rawlings ...
Himself - Former President, Ghana (archive footage) (as Jerry Rawlings)


Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

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Release Date:

28 February 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Life & Debt  »

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$1,902 (USA) (3 August 2001)


$241,297 (USA) (22 March 2002)

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Narrator: "Jamaica was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Not too long after, it was settled by human rubbish from Europe, who used enslaved but noble and exalted human beings from Africa to satisfy their desire for wealth and power. Eventually the masters left, in a kind of way; eventually the salves were freed, in a kind of way. Of course, the whole thing is, once you cease to be master you're no longer human rubbish, you're just a human being and all the things that adds up to; so too with ...
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Special heartfelt gratitude to the interviewees who share the truth with such eloquence. See more »


Referenced in The North Pole Deception (2010) See more »


Be Still Babylon
Written and Performed by Rolando E. McLean
Yam Euphony Music Ltd./Warner Chapell Publishing/BMI
By special permission Yami Bolo
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Lots of painful accuracy
7 February 2003 | by (Kingston, Jamaica) – See all my reviews

As a development worker in Jamaica, I can say that there is a lot of painful accuracy in the movie. Yes, tourists do act that badly, almost unanimously if you only count the ones who spend their time here locked away in a guarded resort. And now over half of ever tax dollar goes to paying foreign debt...

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