The End of Poverty?

The End of Poverty?

By Philippe Diaz

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2010-04-27
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Director: Philippe Diaz
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 8 Ratings


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. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again.



  • A bit overreaching, but a valid point that we should consider

    By Davidicus I
    While I agree history is full of exploitation, we should focus on today's issues. The idea of socialism is defunct and outmoded. I agree the world needs to be more equitable, and the poor seem to be taken advantage of, agreed. I do agree certain valuable resources should be leased from the country of common property, but capitalism is still the best way of allocating resources, just create a better system of laws and regulations preventing exploitation, and do not forget enforcement. The poor countries are where they are because they have no good bill of rights, and then exploitation is rampant, but the solution is not socialism, it is better laws that cross global boundaries, an American company should liable for acts in a foreign country that break our laws. The greatest threat to civilization is the disparity of rights and laws. What made America great is the way every citizen has the benefit of rights and laws and public education and basic health care. The rest of the world needs to adopt our laws and regulations, and forward thinking Americans can help.
  • Important discussion of roots of poverty

    By rpmoore52
    As this film discusses, the reason poverty still exists is because those in power gain from keeping others in poverty. This is an enjoyable and worthwhile documentary.
  • I am formally trained...

    By Salvaticus
    … in international relations and development theory. I left this formal training partially because my peers accepted completely the privatization and institutionalized exploitation of everyone and everything on this planet. You lose nothing by watching this film. It's worth it. I promise you it will change your life. People are being thrown away every second of every day like garbage just as they have been for centuries and they don't deserve such treatment.