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Life and debt

Author: Stephanie BlackBelinda BeckerMichael ManleyStanley FischerMichael WitterAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : New Yorker Films Artwork, New York, NY : Distributed by New Yorker Video [2003] ©2003
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Collectors edition; Widescreen versionView all editions and formats
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This documentary examines the effects of World Bank and the International Monetary Fund loans on the infrastructure Jamaica established in the wake of independence from the UK in 1962. Seven billion in debt (circa 2000), Jamaica has seen its agricultural industries laid to waste by the impossibility of competing with subsidized, multi-national American based companies. The poverty of an "average" Jamaican in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Social problem films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Film adaptations
Named Person: Jamaica Kincaid; Jamaica Kincaid
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Black; Belinda Becker; Michael Manley; Stanley Fischer; Michael Witter; Jean-Bertrand Aristide; David Coore; Jerry Rawlings; Malik Sayeed; John Mullen; Jamaica Kincaid; Tuff Gong Pictures,; New Yorker Video (Firm),
ISBN: 1567303110 9781567303117
OCLC Number: 51856494
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles; Closed-captioned.
Notes: Narration based on "A small place" by Jamaica Kincaid, c1987.
Originally produced as an American documentary in 2001.
Special features: trailer (2 min.); additional footage from Michael Manley's interview [featurette] (18 min.); director commentary [optional audio feature]; photo gallery on the international anti-globalization movement [slide show] (7 min.); music video "Mr. Heartless" [featurette] (5 min.); information on CD soundtrack [text feature].
Credits: Cinematography by Malik Sayeed and three others ; edited by John Mullen.
Performer(s): Narration read by Belinda Becker; interviews with Michael Manley, Stanley Fischer, Michael Witter, David Coore, Jerry Rawlings, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color with black-and-white sequences ; 4 3/4 in + 1 leaflet (8 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
Details: DVD format; Dolby Digital audio; letterbox presentation, 16/9, compatible 4/3.
Contents: Introduction --
Welcome to Jamaica --
The International Monetary Fund --
Independence --
Lending --
The sunshine guarantee --
Island production --
Trade barriers --
Dairy --
Bananas --
Tourists --
Free zones --
Life and debt --
McDonald's --
Chicken parts --
Peppers, spices and tourism --
Circumstances --
Just human beings --
Be still Babylon --
End credits.
Other Titles: Life + debt
Life & debt
Responsibility: a Tuff Gong Pictures production ; a film by Stephanie Black ; produced and directed by Stephanie Black ; narration written by Jamaica Kincaid.

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This documentary examines the effects of World Bank and the International Monetary Fund loans on the infrastructure Jamaica established in the wake of independence from the UK in 1962. Seven billion in debt (circa 2000), Jamaica has seen its agricultural industries laid to waste by the impossibility of competing with subsidized, multi-national American based companies. The poverty of an "average" Jamaican in a shantytown near Kingston is in stark contrast to the luxurious tropical fantasy paradise experienced by tourists in posh Montego Bay. In a dog-eat-dog global economy, the US and its multinational corporate clients have all the advantages, while Jamaica has no agriculture, no industry, and no tax base--only ever-growing debt.

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