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Life and Debt

86 minutes

Stephanie Black's eye-opening 2001 documentary focuses on how the International Monetary Fund has devastated Jamaica's agriculture and industry, but it also powerfully illustrates what globalization has been doing to underdeveloped countries around the world. An ideal companion to No Logo, Naomi Klein's bible of the antiglobalization movement, the film shows in depressing detail how Jamaica's independence from British rule in the early 60s only ripened it for new kinds of exploitation. The narration, adapted by Jamaica Kincaid from her 1988 book A Small Place and read by Belinda Becker, alternates with interviewees ranging from former prime minister Michael Manley to IMF deputy director Stanley Fischer; we also get a generous sampling of Jamaican music.

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