Philippe Diaz didn’t set out to direct a Hollywood blockbuster with The End of Poverty? He intended to initiate a sober, serious dialogue and suggest a solution rather than merely present an immediate palliative. The film isn’t a visual refrain of “We Are the World,” projecting a simple but stirring message that excites audiences’ heartstrings with an emotive, escalating chorus and a promise of donated proceeds. The End of Poverty? prompts more disturbing emotions and requests greater sacrifices than purchasing a recording or ticket.
By Wayne Trujillo