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A very insightful documentary that takes on a difficult issue. It deals with foreign aid, but has many concepts that apply to domestic charity. It will rock your world.
I loved it it was very well documented and expressed.
Very informative and pertinent information. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the 3rd world countries and the continued poverty problem and our failure to alter its course.
Everybody who gives their old clothing to Bono and Bob should see this movie. I've been traveling to Africa almost every year since 2004 and I've seen with my own eyes the piles of clothes and shoes being sold on the roadside in Kenya and Zimbabwe just this year. It was meant to be given for free to the needy and instead it's taken by street vendors and sold to passers-by. Wake up call Europe and America! It has already killed the skills of those who used to make clothing and shoes locally. The governments there allow this! So think again when you send your old stuff to anywhere in the third world. Send yourself instead so you can see what's really going on!
Excellent documentary that clearly explains how NGO's feed themselves off of the misery of others.
All is not good in the world and especially in the world where the west is supposedly lifting, supporting and helping the "3rd world" folks. As Poverty Inc. repeats often the west started out with good and compassionate intentions, to give and help the very, very destitute in Haiti, Africa and elsewhere. Yet destitution persists.
Maybe we in the west are doing things for ourselves, to salve our conscience or to do something quick and move on. The real reason destitution persists is that dumping worldly goods on others does not solve their long-term issue that the systems in their own countries persist in keeping the foot on their necks.
I remember reading that to start an effective system for the people would be to have laws to support surveyors laying out the property for the people so that clear title descends on the property that folks have occupied and used for years. However, they would never invest in that property because as soon as it has some value, the murky title means they could lose it. They just cannot see the future without clear title.
Of course, some would sell their property immediately. However, they could work for their neighbor who would be developing his owned assets into useful business and commerce. All boats would rise.
Poverty Inc. alludes to this sort of justice.
The case study of the church sending chickens that were sold too cheaply, running the local farmer out of business, then stopping and now no one has chickens is clearly where the wrong approach of parachuting goods in from the west is a poor long-term solution.
Very good movie.
A thought provoking movie. But really harsh on Bono. I mean, he's Bono. In seriousness, this is a must watch for anyone thinking of getting involved in charity, NGO, or "mission" work.
Bought this by mistake thinking it was the same as a PBS program of the same name. Not very good.
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Social Issues in Film Series Presents “Poverty Inc.” Oct. 19 - Valdosta State University News
October 18, 2016
Social Issues in Film Series Presents “Poverty Inc.” Oct. 19
Valdosta State University News
“Poverty Inc.” studies the complex global industry of foreign aid and is presented by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to the study of free market economics informed by religious ...
Film Review: 'Poverty Inc.' - Variety
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Film Review: 'Poverty Inc.'
As if poverty weren't a challenging enough phenomenon unto itself, time has revealed that good intentions by outsiders can in many cases make the problem worse — a cruel irony that serves as the basis of Michael Matheson Miller's “Poverty Inc.,” an ...
Poverty Inc.: Finally A Film Exposes A Deeply Flawed Industry - Forbes
November 18, 2015
Poverty Inc.: Finally A Film Exposes A Deeply Flawed Industry
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'Poverty Inc.' gets free screening next week at Akron Civic Theatre - Akronist
October 24, 2015
'Poverty Inc.' gets free screening next week at Akron Civic Theatre
Global attempts to combat poverty are noble, but are those involved in the poverty industry part of the solution or part of the problem? This insightful question will be addressed at a free screening of the movie “Poverty, Inc.,” Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 ...
Review: Poverty Inc. and the Movie Monday experience - The Baylor Lariat
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