Poverty Inc.  USA / 2014 / 86 mins

Fighting poverty is big business, but who profits the most? “I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.” The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry of NGOs, state and

multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. The business of doing good has never been better.

Unfortunately, the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we are all too tempted to

ignore. The film invites the viewer to step into the shoes of local entrepreneurs and their colleagues, parents and their families, with expert commentary from public leaders, development economists,
anthropologists, and others. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S.

agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

** Suitable for young children

Showtimes

Thursday, December 4 / 5:00pm

Galleria JFK Cinema Theatre 3

Friday, December 5 / 12:45pm

Melia Nassau Beach Resort

Credits

Director

Michael Matheson Miller (attending)

Screenwriters

Jonathan Witt, Michael Matheson Miller, Simon Scionka,

Producers

Anielka Münkel, James F. Fitzgerald, Jr., Kris Mauren, Marc Weber,

Language

English


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