Friday, March 19, 2010

"The End of Poverty" film screens in Sacramento

The movie "The End Of Poverty?" begins a week long run at Sacramento, California's Crest Theater. To help promote the showing, the newspaper The Sacramento Bee did a write-up on the film.

"The End of Poverty" takes the position that poverty is caused by a systematic control of the rich nations over the poor nations. The movie claims that rich nations such at the United States control most of the wealth and take the resources out of poor nations for their own gain. The movie hopes to show people that the best way to fight poverty is by going after this system instead of aid handouts.

The End Of Poverty? from Philippe Diaz on Vimeo.

From the Sacramento Bee, writer Carlos Alcal gives one example depicted in the movie that backs up their position.

Huge wealth from gold and silver in the Americas enabled the conquerors to continue to dominate Africa, Latin America and India to this day.

The argument is not new, but it lost traction in the 1980s, said Cobb, who accompanied the film crews on most of their interviews.

Cobb hopes the documentary – peppered with statistics on poverty – motivates churches to turn away from charity and toward anti-poverty approaches that challenge the system.

It's unclear whether the film will convince those who aren't already subscribers to this philosophy of land redistribution, but one segment will surely make some viewers more sympathetic.

In that segment, villagers in Kenya describe how an American company was given control of lands that had been farmed for generations.

Traditional crops were destroyed when the multinational company flooded the land, families were displaced and impoverished, and the commodities produced went back to the United States.

It's a compelling illustration of a need to give the land back to communities.

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