The End of Poverty?, directed by Philippe Diaz and narrated by Martin Sheen, is an eye-opening look at the history of capitalism, an economic system that the film claims has created a shocking imbalance of wealth and poverty worldwide.

The documentary posits that global poverty has been a result of military conquests and slavery and colonization movements dating back to 1492 that saw the seizure of land, forced labor, and extraction of natural resources. Problems persist today because of a one-sided relationship between rich and poor nations, with the latter suffering from unfair debt, taxes, and trade.

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By Michael Mullaley

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