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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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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Tuff Gong Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

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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Soundtracks

Circumstances
Written and Performed by Buju Banton
© 1997 Songs of Polygram International, Inc./Germain Music/Gargamel Music (BMI)
Used by special permission Buju Banton and Donovan Germain Penthouse/VP Records
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This is the kind of great documentary that never wins an Oscar
12 July 2001 | by grandenchiladaSee all my reviews

And it's a pity because it deserves it. Have you ever wondered where your bananas come from? You may never feel snug and comfy buying your cheap GAP t-shirts ever again after watching this amazing film. This is a mordant and devastating documentary, beautifully shot, about the obscene unfairness of "free trade". Learn about the bully tactics that the US employs against underdeveloped countries to protect its interests. See how thousands of gallons of fresh milk have to be spilled into the Jamaican ground because of cheap powdered milk coming in from the States. See this movie and weep.


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