FMTV - Poverty Inc.

Poverty Inc.

Runtime: 91m 20s | Release date: 2014

This film features: Joel Salatin.

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 20 countries, Poverty, Inc.unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question, "Could I be part of the problem?"

George Ayittey
Herman Chinery-Hesse
Corrigan Clay
Shelley Clay
Paul Collier
Theodore Dalrymple
Hernando de Soto
Frantz Derosier
Jacob Donatien
Marcela Escobari
Michael Fairbanks
Paul Kagame
Kenneth Michel
Eva Muraya
Jean-Ronel Noel
Joshua Omoga
John Rucyahana
Joel Salatin
Timothy Schwartz
Makilene Velnis
Magatte Wade
Andreas Widmer
Muhammad Yunus


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Kelly Radford | 6 months ago
I learned so much in this doc. 1. donation isnt the key. 2. The happiness of the poor could show us that community is awesome even under duress. 3. Can we stop shipping the mistakes the western makes to the poorer countries. 4. Can we help educate them in whatever skills they need, that is the charity i believe they need. Thanks for the great doc. x
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 6 months ago
Love the things you learned, Kelly! Thank you for sharing this with us! :) ~ Pauline
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Zita Kalman | 1 year ago
I will never look at NGOs and charities the same way. I had no idea!
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Amanda Sloan | 1 year, 10 months ago
A very interesting documentary, I have never donated to charities since I saw bags of donated food that should have been in Somalia being sold in South Africa for the equivalent of $1.00. I am Fortunate that I travel a lot through work and travel through Bangkok up to 10 times a year. 16 years ago I met a young girl in Bangkok and I took her under my wing an educated her. This young girl was working 105 hours a week and got one day a year off. She was raised in extreme poverty and was fed rice by the local monk. It’s a long story but today she is beautiful girl that is fluent in four languages and living with her husband in Europe. I never gave her any money directly I just paid for education and played a big part in her life similar to what a mother would. I am very proud of her and she is extremely greatful for the opportunities I have given her. What I love most is now she said she is going to pay it forward and educate someone in need. If we could all just help one person without taking over their lives the world would be a much better place.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 year, 10 months ago
Thank you for sharing us your thoughts, Amanda. You are such an inspiration :) ~ Joyce
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Sharon Vickner | 1 year, 11 months ago
All people who give to charity truly need to watch this documentary. Every year I give to a "charitable organization" by purchasing farm implements, school supplies, livestock, etc. I do not just give money and this presentation shows why offering a person independence is truly the way we can end poverty. I now will do better research into which "charities" I support to ensure the contributions I make actually are the ones that uplift a community and not stagnate the growth.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 year, 11 months ago
Thank you for the feedback, Sharon. Sending you positive vibes on your journey ahead :) ~ Joyce
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Lisa Vannieuwenhoven | 1 year, 11 months ago
Wow. I had no idea that poverty had become such big business. I had not thought of it as paternalism until now, either. I have to educate myself more so that I am not contributing to the problem.
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Julie Every | 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks for this film. Was a huge eye opener for me. I know people from a "rich" country" (including my sister) who are living in "poor" countries and try to give directly to them rather than aid agencies.
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Jennifer Reynolds | 1 year, 11 months ago
Wow. What an eye opener. Thank you for adding this documentary and message to the FMTV resources. Totally rocked my understanding and knowledge today as we give financially to many charities each month - mostly to Africa. Will be researching other ways to help, like buying from local producers in those countries. Any other suggestions gratefully accepted.