Presented by the Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia,

in New York on November 11

The Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia is sponsoring an advance preview of The End Of Poverty?, a powerful new feature length documentary narrated by Award-winning actor Martin Sheen which will be released nationwide in theatres beginning in November.

The screening will take place at the United Nations Building, Room 4 on Thursday, November 11 starting at 6:30pm.

A panel discussion with Ambassador Pablo Solon, film director and founder of Cinema Libre Studio Philippe Diaz, and Lew Daly, author (Unjust Deserts: How the Rich are Taking our Common Inheritance) and Senior Fellow at Dēmos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization.

The film, which  premiered at Critics’ Week during the Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently invited to over twenty-five international film festivals, has been embraced by NGOs, social justice activists, and faith-based organizations for its ‘direct talk’ about the role of debt, free trade, neo-liberal policies and poverty.

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, showing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in forced labor and the seizure of land and minerals. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries such that today 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. (Produced by Cinema Libre Studio with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 104mins, 2008, USA, documentary in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese with English Subtitles.

“This is a shocking and important film that shows how critical understanding the origins of poverty is to truly ending poverty,” says Ambassador Solon.  “The End of Poverty?” offers a powerful history lesson and a way forward.”

“There has been a lot of dialogue in the last few years about ‘the end of poverty’ with technology or micro-financing positioned as the new ‘solution,’” says filmmaker Diaz.  “For example, economists such as Jeffrey Sachs cheerfully suggest that poverty can be ended with increased transfers of capital and technology (such as improved mosquito nets), the film shows why that kind of thinking is simplistic at best, harmful at worst.  More foreign aid does nothing to rectify the cumulative problems from centuries of exploitation.”

Filmed in the slums of Africa to the barrios of Latin America, THE END OF POVERTY? explores how the true causes of poverty stem from actions taken during and since colonial times to perpetuate exploitation: first by forcing people from their land and their access to natural resources, then through unfair trade, debt repayment and unjust taxes on labor and consumption. This system was carefully built and maintained by free market policies, resource monopolies and structural adjustment programs by the World Bank, the IMF and other international financial institutions.

The documentary features: Nobel prize winners in economics Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; expert authors Susan George(“Another World Is Possible If”), Eric Toussaint (“The World Bank: A Never Ending Coup d’Etat”), John Perkins (“Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”), Chalmers Johnson (“Nemesis: The Last Days of the America Republic”), Brookings Institute fellow and author, William Easterly (“White Man’s Burden”); government ministers such as Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, and leaders of social movements in Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania.

Following the preview event at the United Nations the film will begin a Village East Cinema theatrical run starting in New York City on November 13, 2009, followed by a platform release that includes Los Angeles (CA), Seattle (WA), Portland (OR), Austin (TX) with additional markets to include Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.  The film is being distributed by Cinema Libre Studio.

More information about the film please visit:

Event Details:  Wednesday, November 11, in Room 4, starts at 6:30pm.  Panel discussion follows from 8:15 to 9:00pm. All guests must pre-register for the event with Matthew Stillman at by Tuesday, November 10 at 3:00pm ET.  Photo identification must be presented to pass through United Nations Security at the visitors’ entrance at 46 Street and First Avenue by 6:00 pm.

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  1. In my native Nigerian Yoruba language, a saying goes “A rich man in the midst of 6 poor people, all seven are poor”. Philippe Diaz, in his powerful ‘The end of Poverty/’ documentary film, is reminding the whole World that our collective destiny is tied to eradication of poverty.

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