22 October 2009 [MEDIAGLOBAL]: Philippe Diaz’s documentary The End of Poverty?, set to premiere nationwide on Nov. 13, 2009, indicts the free market system as it follows its creation from colonialism to modernity, laying the blame for the present poverty pandemic.

From the United States to France, Brazil to Tanzania and beyond, Diaz’s documentary reveals over 500 years of colonialism, slavery, and capitalism that has led to the impoverished state of billions today. The End of Poverty? includes interviews with Nobel prize-winning economists, political scientists, and bankers, as well as Bolivian farmers, Kenyan tea growers, and Tanzanite miners to offer audiences a comprehensive view of global poverty.

“Our economic system since colonial times requires cheap labor and cheap resources from the global South to succeed and to finance our lifestyle in the North,” Diaz said in a press release. “Without changing that, we will never alleviate poverty.”

Read the full article here: http://www.mediaglobal.org/article/2009-10-22/film-review-exploring-historical-and-political-causes-of-poverty-in-the-end-of-poverty

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  1. I look forward to seeing The End of Poverty on Sunday and wonder if it helps explain the persistence of poverty in the United States and especially New York City. If the demand for “cheap labor and cheap resources” explains poverty internationally, what’s the reason for New Yorkers living below the poverty line?

  2. I look forward to seeing The End of Poverty this Sunday and I wonder if it helps explain the persistence of Poverty in the United States and especially New York. I see the filmmaker says the demand for “cheap labor and cheap resources” explains the existence of poverty internationally. How do we explain the fact that a growing number of our fellow citizens live below the poverty line?

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