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The End of Poverty


  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
  • Africa
  • Developing World
  • Economics
  • Globalization
  • History
  • International Studies
  • International Trade
  • Latin America
  • Natural Resources
  • Poverty
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainable Development

The End of Poverty

A daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident.

  • Length: 104 minutes
  • Written and Directed by Philippe Diaz
  • Produced by Beth Portello
  • Executive Producer: Clifford Cobb
  • Co-Producer: Matthew Stillman, Richard Castro
  • Associate Producer: Cristian Bettler, Carla Ortiz
  • Director of Photography: Philippe Diaz
  • Editor: Thomas Staunton
  • A Cinema Libre Studio production in association with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

Narrated by Martin Sheen
Starring: John Christensen, William Easterly, Susan George, Chalmers Johnson, Alvaro García Linera, John Perkins, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Eric Toussaint and Michael Watts

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land and other natural resources as well as in forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.

The End Of Poverty? The End of Poverty? asks why today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate? Can we really end poverty under our current economic system? Think again.

Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, The End of Poverty? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania . It is produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.

The educational version of the DVD comes with the companion book "Why Global Poverty?".

  • DVD ISBN 1-59587-129-2
  • CLS Catalog: CLS1093
"A sort of "An Inconvenient Truth" for global economics...a powerful description of how Western policies since colonialism have subjugated Third World countries"
Charles Masters, The Hollywood Reporter
"Its become conventional to blame the culture and climate of poor countries and poor people, at least in part, for their own plight, as if corrupt dictatorships, ethnic warfare and raw-material economies were somehow intrinsic to Africa and Latin America...Diaz's film argues that all those things were the result of a lengthy historical process. Africa's dysfunctional and often anti-democratic regimes definitely aren't helping matters, for example, but they themselves -- along with the dire poverty they can't manage -- were produced by the European and North American powers' relationship to the global South, from 16th-century colonization right through 21st-century globalization.

What's most profound, and also most controversial, in this analysis is the question of how much this pattern of exploitation continues today."

Andrew O'Hehir,
"A fascinating history lesson showing that the world's wealth disparity began with the Europeans' military conquest of other continents, enslavement of indigenous people and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and other resources, and forced labor, and that it continues today due to the existence and enforcement of unfair debt, trade and tax policies."
Jennifer Merin,
"It's an eye-opening work, a persuasive and compelling argument you don't usually hear about on what is terribly wrong with our global financial system and the poverty it produces around the world."
Dimitirs Angelidis, Epsilon Magazine
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dvd extras
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and local dialects with English Subtitles
  • Chapterized for Classroom Use
  • DVD-ROM Content (The End of Poverty - A Timeline, Complete Transcript, Resources & Actions, A New Remedy For Poverty)
  • Extended Interviews with:
    • HWO Okoth-Ogendo
    • Gitu wa Kahengeri
    • Susan George
    • Chalmers Johnson
the companion book, why global poverty?

The End of Poverty A director's narrative provides a brief history of the film and a context for the interviews and locational filming in South America and Africa.

A complete transcript enables viewers to study the text of the film carefully. Complete interviews with over 70 people round out the stories begun in the film.

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awards, festivals, and screenings
  • Critics Week - Cannes, France (2008)
  • Durban International Film Festival - Durban, South Africa (2008)
  • African Diaspora International Film Festival - New York, NY (2008)
  • Jubileo Human Rights Film Festival - Ecuador (2008)
  • Festival des Films du Monde / World Film Festival - Montreal, Canada (2008))
  • Athens International Film Festival - Athens, Greece (2008)
  • Oslo Films from the South - Oslo, Norway (2008)
  • 32nd São Paulo International Film Festival - São Paulo, Brazil (2008)
  • 22nd Leeds International Film Festival - Leeds, UK (2008)
  • ATTAC Film Festival - Brussels, Belgium (2008)
  • Kolkata Film Festival - Kolkata, India (2008)
  • International Film Festival of the Environment - Paris, France (2008)
  • Kenya International Film Festival - Nairobi, Kenya (2008)
  • Barbados International Film Festival - Barbados (2008)
  • Bahamas International Film Festival - Nassau, Bahamas (2008)
  • Green Planet Blues - Romania (2009)
  • Pan African Film & Arts Festival - Los Angeles (2009)
  • Ditshwanelo 9th Human Rights Film Festival - Botswana (2009)
  • 5th International Film Festival of Human Rights - Sucre, Bolivia (2009)
  • Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival - Bahrain, UAE (2009)
  • Docville International Documentary Film Festival - Leuven, Belgium (2009)
  • African Diaspora Film Festival - Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2009)
  • International Millennium Festival - Brussels, Belgium (2009)
  • Africa In The Picture - Holland (2009)
  • Jamaica World Cinema Showcase - Kingston & St. Andrew, Jamaica (2009)