The End of Poverty?

Rated NR 106 min. 2009

Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries. Actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates this documentary, which explains how today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line. Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America.

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Director: Philippe Diaz

Writer: Philippe Diaz

Cast: John Christensen, William Easterly, Susan George, Chalmers Johnson, Alvaro García Lineras, John Perkins and Amartya Sen

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