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The End Of Poverty? (2008/Cinema Libre DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: B†††† Documentary: B



Martin Sheen narrates Philippe Diazís The End Of Poverty?, a very memorable, well-made 2008 documentary that asks some basic questions to show why things have become worse since the 1980s worldwide for so many.If there are record profits at major corporations, why are more people in poverty?If the system is so great (and it does not even begin to talk about the environment like it could have), why is it having all kinds of failures and people who never had anything to begin with finding themselves with so much debt?


This is very similar to the documentary Life + Debt from 2001, which was (along with its vital message) lost in part to the 9/11 fiasco, but things have become worse since the Bush II years.Whether you agree or disagree with the many shocking statistics this program presents, or you think they are either too exaggerated or do not go far enough, a worldwide privatization mania along with a world economy and massive deregulation has not helped the world at large in the long run.


This work could be rightly accused of being Left-leaning by going back hundreds of years to blame what we could call White/European Imperialism for all the ills of the world, even when talking of conquerors who were not white.It is here the 104 minutes trips up, but what they do not want to say (because the makers see all capitalism as bad without offering a new system, et al) is that the problem is Late Capitalism, but this is made by people who do not trust that in any form.


With that said, this is still a must-see work because it is smart in its challenging stances and shows us that the U.S. sense of fair play is not at play worldwide like it should be.If more in the U.S. understood this, things would change for the better and the censored information here is proof of that.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image was shot on video and looks pretty good considering the circumstances, down to the editing.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is also not bad, with location audio holding up better than you would expect and the combination is very watchable for a documentary.Extras include extended interviews with the experts, Director Interview, Kenya Profile and DVD-ROM resources, et al.For more on Life + Debt, try this link:





-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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