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The End of Poverty? (2008)

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A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.

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Philippe Diaz

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Philippe Diaz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Amartya Sen Amartya Sen ... Himself - Author & Nobel Prize Winner
John Perkins John Perkins ... Himself - Author & Economist
Eric Toussaint Eric Toussaint ... Himself - Author & President of CADTM
Edgardo Lander Edgardo Lander ... Himself - Professor & Historian
H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo ... Himself - Author & Law Professor
Miriam Campos Miriam Campos ... Herself - Ministry of Indigenous People, Bolivia
Mashengu wa Mwachofi Mashengu wa Mwachofi ... Himself - Former Parliamentarian, Kenya
Maria Luisa Mendoca Maria Luisa Mendoca ... Herself - Rede Social President, Brazil
Jaime De Amorim Jaime De Amorim ... Himself - Coordintor, Landless People Movement Brazil
William Easterly William Easterly ... Himself - Author & Professor
Michael Watts Michael Watts ... Himself - Author & Professor
Alvaro García Lineras Alvaro García Lineras ... Himself - Vice-President, Bolivia
Nora Castaneda Nora Castaneda ... Herself - Women's Bank President, Venezuela
Joao Pedro Stedile Joao Pedro Stedile ... Himself - Landless Movement Leader, Brazil
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The End of Poverty? asks if the true causes of poverty today stem from a deliberate orchestration since colonial times which has evolved into our modern system whereby wealthy nations exploit the poor. People living and fighting against poverty answer condemning colonialism and its consequences; land grab, exploitation of natural resources, debt, free markets, demand for corporate profits and the evolution of an economic system in in which 25% of the world's population consumes 85% of its wealth. Featuring Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, authors/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and more. Written by Beth Portello

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In a world where there is so much wealth, why is there still so much poverty?

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

16 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Progress vs. Property See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,593, 15 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,324, 21 March 2010
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A great movie
26 February 2009 | by lnp3See all my reviews

I was somewhat amused to see the "leftist" criticism of this movie by Barry Freed. I have been involved with Marxist politics since 1967 and can assure IMDb readers that the movie is based on Marx's theory of primitive accumulation. My review begins here:

Scheduled for theatrical release in September 2009, Philippe Diaz's "The End of Poverty?" was a feature presentation at the 2008 African Diaspora Film Festival. After watching this documentary last night, I feel confident in stating that there is no sharper critic of the capitalist system in the film world than Philippe Diaz. This amazing movie not only explains how global inequality has its roots in 1492, but also allows the victims of "Western civilization" to speak for themselves. Indeed, the movie will remind you of Mahatma Gandhi's famous rely to a Western reporter who asked him what he thought of Western civilization. He answered, "I think it would be a good idea."

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/the-end-of-poverty/


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