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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Great film!
7 September 2017 | by tovahouptSee all my reviews

I am not able to re-recite the economic views expressed in this film, and although a lot of things have changed globally since 2008, many of the corrupted activities cited in this film are still occurring. It both saddens me and enlivens me to be aware of the poverty cycle in our world because at some point, it seems hopeless and yet curiously easy to fix. I would love to continue sharing this great film because it's documentation is so important in educating people and maybe enough to motivate positive change in our lifetimes. Thank you for shedding some light with this film! Here's to a brighter tomorrow.

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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,593, 15 November 2009

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