Life and Debt

All Equal?
Director: Stephanie Black | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2001 | Length: 80 min
Language: English | Age: 12+ years

In 1977, 15 years after its break from British colonial rule, Jamaica is forced to borrow $4.5 billion from the IMF to service its development.

In a story echoed in dozens of countries across the world, the self-interested trading controls then attached to these loans by IMF creditors forced Jamaica into ever greater poverty.

Caputured with poetic insight, Life and Debt looks at the ports developed exclusively for foreign company trading, as we meet the local workers forced out of jobs by the influx of cheap, untaxed imports flooding the market.

Powerful!…The movie offers the clearest analysis of globalization and its negative effects that I’ve ever seen.
The New York Times

engaging… incisive… Life and Debt is a very powerful weapon in the arsenal of the global movement for a more equitable economic order.
Linton Kwesi Johnson

Prague One World Film Festival 2002, Winner, Audience Award

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