Life And Debt
Life And Debt (2001)

Using Jamaica as its focus, filmmaker Stephanie Black presents an in-depth examination of the impact of the International Monetary Fund's global economic policies on a developing nation's economy. The program represents the views of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 21, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Powerfully illustrates what globalization has been doing to underdeveloped countries around the world.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

It's mostly persuasive in the position it argues.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

It is an instructive story of exploitation.

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Ed Rampell

This case study of globalization's effects on Jamaica is a timely, never dull piece of agitprop that comes off as a cross between Godard's social protest docs and The Harder They Come.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

... after viewing Life and Debt, the audience's way of seeing things has been quietly and powerfully changed.

Cole Smithey

Stephanie Black puts into context the differences between the Jamaica seen by tourists and the country inhabited by its oppressed people.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Talking heads are intercut to synthesise theory and practice, but as an economic diatribe this is a bit patronising and not wholly persuasive.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The damning commentary and revelations about the perils of globalization, not just for Jamaica but developing countries the world over, do come across loud and clear.

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Andrew Rodgers

As documentaries about economics go, this one is way, way up at the top.

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