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Life & Debt


Documentary - Politics

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For general exhibition

Run Time:
82 minutes

Stephanie Black

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7/10 IMDb



Now available to watch on beamafilm

Directors commentary by
Stephanie Black; Music video 'Mr Heartless' by Anthony B; Theatrical Trailer; Soundtrack Exerpts



Jamaca - Land of Sea, Sand and Sun..and a prime example of the complexities of economic globalization on the world's developing countries.

Using conventional and non-conventional documentary techniques, this searing film dissects the "mechanism of debt" that is destroying local agriculture and industry in Third World countries while substituting them with sweat-shops and cheap imports. 

With a voice-over narration written by Jamaica Kincaid, adapted from her non-fiction book "A Small Place," Life and Debt is an unapologetic look at the "new world order" from the point of view of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy officials, who see the reality of globalization from the ground up.

The documentary film includes interviews with Former Prime Minister Michael Manley, Deputy Director of  the International Monetary Fund Stanley Fischer, and short commentary by President of Haiti-Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Former President of Ghana-Jerry Rawlings.   But the  articulate voices of those impacted by the  policies of globalization are foremost


This is a maddening but importnt look at the real Jamaca and one you won't see on any Bacardi ads EMPIRE


Powerful...offers the clearest analysis of globalization and is negative effects that I've ever seen THE NEW YORK TIMES


Paints an engrossing picture that makes you want to stand up and fight for humanity FILMINK

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