Posted by: r.m. | April 6, 2011

“The End of Poverty?”

Tonight, at 7 pm, at Ta marbouta (Pavilion, Hamra, Beirut), I’ll be showing this documentary: The End of Poverty?

“Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.

Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates The End of Poverty?, a feature-length documentary directed by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today’s financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line.

Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, The End of Poverty? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania. It is produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.”

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This film is shown specifically for the AUB ENSC 630 class  but all are welcome.



  1. poverty has existed for a long time throughout our history, and i dont think that there is an end to poverty. what we can do is try to decrease our consumption of the earths resources and share our blessings with others. by this we help in decreasing the rate of poverty, but for sure it will still exist.

  2. I didn’t had the chance to watch the movie mentioned above but concerning the subject it reflects, it’s definitely a huge issue each country suffers from.
    Responding to that, i agree with my friend Michel that poverty can not come to an end one day. It is something infinite. Just as there’s is always going to be people smarter than others, people wiser than others, people more intellectual than others…there will always be people richer than others.
    That is the cycle of life and it not definitely not possible for it to be a bidirectional cycle …it has to be unidirectional!
    But that doesn’t mean we sit dow and relax. We should always try to make an effort to balance this wheel, even if it will cause a minor change it is still called a difference!

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