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The End of Poverty? (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 16 December 2009 (France)
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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.


Philippe Diaz


Philippe Diaz





Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Amartya Sen ... Self - Author & Nobel Prize Winner
John Perkins John Perkins ... Self - Author & Economist
Eric Toussaint Eric Toussaint ... Self - Author & President of CADTM
Edgardo Lander Edgardo Lander ... Self - Professor & Historian
H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo ... Self - Author & Law Professor
Miriam Campos Miriam Campos ... Self - Ministry of Indigenous People, Bolivia
Mashengu wa Mwachofi Mashengu wa Mwachofi ... Self - Former Parliamentarian, Kenya
Maria Luisa Mendoca Maria Luisa Mendoca ... Self - Rede Social President, Brazil
Jaime De Amorim Jaime De Amorim ... Self - Coordintor, Landless People Movement Brazil
William Easterly William Easterly ... Self - Author & Professor
Michael Watts Michael Watts ... Self - Author & Professor
Álvaro García Linera Álvaro García Linera ... Self - Vice-President, Bolivia (as Alvaro García Lineras)
Nora Castaneda Nora Castaneda ... Self - Women's Bank President, Venezuela
Joao Pedro Stedile Joao Pedro Stedile ... Self - Landless Movement Leader, Brazil


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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31 January 2012 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This documentary explores poverty as it exists today, and takes us through a historical account of how it came to be, as it is today(it does not go into the larger discussion of there having been different status levels and each having specific benefits(or limitations) as long as there have been even barely organized communities - this would require its own feature-length piece), across the world, not only in the US. It does so with personal interviews with economists with the perspective and who've studied the subject, and the individual workers and their families, who are living with the consequences of the irresponsible and callous actions of corporate leaders, banks and politicians. This engages with a healthy mix of facts and accounts(to keep it from getting dry or letting it become too theoretical, we have to remember that there are actual people suffering, and many of them, no less), and it keeps a nice pace throughout. It's well-edited. This really gets you wanting to solve the problem, and few will keep holding on to the opposing opinion after watching this. There is disturbing content in this. I recommend this to everyone. 7/10

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English | French | Portuguese | Spanish

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16 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Progress vs. Property See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,593, 15 November 2009

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1.85 : 1
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