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Life and Debt (2001)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 February 2003 (UK)
Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

Director:

Stephanie Black

Writers:

Jamaica Kincaid (narration), Jamaica Kincaid (novel)

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Cast

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

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Life & Debt See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,902, 3 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$241,297, 24 March 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tuff Gong Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

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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One Love
Written and Performed by Bob Marley
Published by Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd./Odnil Music, Ltd./Blue Mountain Music, Ltd. (PRS)
All rights for North and South America controlled and administered by Rykomusic, Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights for the rest of the world controlled and administered by Rykomusic, Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of the Island/Def Jam Music Group
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the foibles of globalization
4 February 2002 | by neotenySee 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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