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Life and Debt (2001)

Life and Debt
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(13 ratings)
7.7 IMDB rating
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Belinda Becker Belinda Becker
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Buju Banton Buju Banton
Himself - Singer
Horst Köhler Horst Köhler
Himself - Director, International Monetary Fund
Michael Manley Michael Manley
Himself - Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
Stanley Fischer Stanley Fischer
Himself - Deputy Director International Monetary Fund
Michael Witter Michael Witter
Himself - Professor of Economics, University of West Indies
David Coore David Coore
Himself - Former Minister of Finance, Jamaica
Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
Himself - President of the United States


Written by
Jamaica Kincaid Jamaica Kincaid
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Life and Debt - Globalization and Jamaica

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Globalization Documentary

9 years, 3 months ago at Oct 31 17:16
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This documentary exposes what globalization has done to the economy of Jamaica. A real eye opener. I think of this film everytime I see bananas on sale for $29 cents a pound, as one part of the film explains how the massive corporations like Dole go out of their way to wipe out local banana farmer and just shift all operations to nations that dont have labor laws. Also, it shows how McDonalds o... read more
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This searing documentary examines how the policies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other aid organizations have changed the Jamaican economy over the past quarter of a century, leaving the local people to struggle in poverty and work in sweatshops. Author Jamaica Kincaid narrates with Belinda Becker to a reggae soundtrack that includes songs by Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Mutubaruka and Peter Tosh.
Release date: 28 February 2003
UPC: 717119830342
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"Life and Debt - Stephanie Black's documentary examines the economic and environmental impacts of the IMF's mandate that Jamaica become an export economy. This decision forced the nation to grow crops that depleted their soil of all fertility, polluted the water systems and oh yeah, created even more poverty, which eventually led to outbreaks of disease due to malnourishment, which led to riots. In particular, scenes from a Chiquita banana plant raid where private security forces gun down workers"


Prelude posted a review 9 years, 3 months ago

Globalization Documentary

“This documentary exposes what globalization has done to the economy of Jamaica. A real eye opener. I think of this film everytime I see bananas on sale for $29 cents a pound, as one part of the film explains how the massive corporations like Dole go out of their way to wipe out local banana farmer and just shift all operations to nations that dont have labor laws. Also, it shows how McDonalds opens franchises in all the tourist spots, yet refuses to buy local beef and produce, even threatening lawsuits if government tries to block import of US beef into Jamaica. It explores sweat shop conditions in large manufacturing areas, and how corporations just squash and simply move out if any sort of labor laws are attempted. And it also focuses on why Jamaica went into massive debt, and why th” read more


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