Poverty, Inc

Poverty, Inc

DVD - 2016
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The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry; the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in twenty countries, the film unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.
Publisher: [Warren, NJ] :, Passion River Films,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: 361.706 Pov
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Nov 15, 2017

HO..O..O..L..Y! I'm not giving those NGO's any more money. I really admire Corrigan & Debbie, (section title: 'Apparent Project' at: 54:15) who, in frustration with the whole system, started a business in Haiti, and ended up employing more than 250 locals and thus supported nearly 750 children and their families.

VERY thought-provoking. Watch this if you are trying to decide where to spend your "compassionate dollars".

Dec 10, 2016

I've had my suspicions about what appears to be a good hearted wave of benevolence that seems to have swept throughout North America (and probably other parts of the world as well). It sometimes seems more fashionable and ingenuine as opposed to coming from a place of legitimate care and dedication to thwarting poverty in the world. The finger is also pointed here in this documentary at a very high profile proponent of 'the war on poverty' and while I don't relish in that I also appreciate the boldness of the producers to hold people accountable regardless of what everyone else may think. It might even make us question our motivations as to what we're really trying to accomplish when we give in a charitable manner to different organizations; are we trying to help other people or just soothe ourselves?

Sep 28, 2016

I did not enjoy this one.

Aug 10, 2016

If you are going to watch one documentary this year, make it Poverty Inc. Shocking, and then inspiring, this eye-opening look at how current models of aid are actually enabling poverty will compel compassionate people everywhere to change the way they give to ensure that as many lives as possible are really being changed for the better.

Apr 19, 2016

This was excellent and really made me think and question the way things are done when it comes to giving aid. Yes, there are people who desperately need help BUT you have to think about the long term effects and really wonder WHO is benefiting. I never really thought about the fact that flooding a place with free goods could mess with the economy of these countries and the ability to create businesses within the community. In times of disaster help must be given but when does that "help" become a hindrance?


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Nov 15, 2017

This is a non-fiction, documentary video exploring how the current 'charity industry' not only does not alleviate poverty, but in many cases, makes the problem of poverty much worse. This video consists of several short case studies that demonstrate the point. Although those who contribute time and money to 'charity' are well intentioned, this video will severely shake you faith in our current institutions and make you seriously rethink about giving to the various 'charitable NGOs'.


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Nov 15, 2017

Corrigan (a man who went to Haiti to adopt, and possibly to open an orphanage, and who, with his wife, volunteered in Haitian orphanages for over a year): "I would conservatively estimate, that about 80% of the 'orphans', of the kids in Haiti, were not 'true orphans', but 'poverty orphans'." ['poverty orphans', meaning: children who have parents, but their parents sent them to an orphanage, for various reasons, among which is in the hope of the kid getting 'adopted' thus, to send a family member to live in a 'rich country' and help support the 'real' family back home.]

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