The End of Poverty
Saturday 12 December 2pm-5.00pm
BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall)
Belvedere Road SE1
Tickets ₤5, best to book early
Phone 0207 928 3232
Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.
Martin Sheen, narrates The End of Poverty?, a feature-length documentary by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate.
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.
Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again. www.theendofpoverty.com
The film has been selected to over 25 international film festivals and will be released in theatres in November 2009. Produced by Cinema Libre Studio with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 104mins, 2008, in English, Spanish, French with English Subtitles