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Life and Debt (2001)

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

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(narration), (novel)

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Cast

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
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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)
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News Anchor
Jerry J. Rawlings ...
Himself - Former President, Ghana (archive footage) (as Jerry Rawlings)
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Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

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Release Date:

28 February 2003 (UK)  »

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Life & Debt  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$241,297 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

One Love / People Get Ready
Written by Bob Marley / Curtis Mayfield
Remix by Bill Laswell
Courtesy of Axiom/Island Records (ASCAP)
All rights reserved/Used by special permission
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the foibles of globalization
4 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This documentary perfectly captures the largely-ignored downside to globalization and the subsequent domination of the world economy by the U.S. and Western Europe. Namely, that undeveloped and developing countries continue to get poorer at the expense of the rich. This documentary presents the human side for discussions about the impact of multinational corporations on human rights abuses, price fixing in order to drive local competition into failure, environmental destruction as the result of World Bank-mandated "structural adjustments," etc. This is a must see for anyone who thinks that globalization is the only way for developing countries to compete with the rest of the world, and for anyone wanting to know the reasons behind all of those protests.


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