Life and Debt (documentary film)

I just returned from viewing the documentary film Life and Debt (see also Halifax Initiative announcement/review) at the Mayfair Theatre. This was brought to us by the Halifax Initiative and World Interaction Mondiale.

The emotional impact of the movie can not be written in words alone, which is why I believe it is so important for others to see.

I read every day text information about the effects of various international policies, but to see and hear it explained by people personally affected makes things come to life. This isn't reality television, it's just plain reality, and a reality that more of us need to become aware of. It is a movie that I would want to invite anyone to see who still asks why we are protesting various international institutions.

After the viewing I spoke to Pam Foster, Halifax Initiative Coordinator, about the availability of the film. I would be very interested in obtaining video tape copies of this movie. The movie will be able to reach a certain audience in theaters. It will be extremely important to have this available for home viewing where it can reach a wider audience.

This movie is highly recommended, and I know I will do my part to help advertise it if and when it comes to home video.


Comments

    Re: transfer the global debt to civil society? [96]
    by Craig Hubley on Monday, November 26 @03:25PM
    Some civil society initiatives now call to TRANSFER the debt to civil society rather than cancel it. This leaves civil society in each nation with leverage to negotiate with its own government, forgive or not, and puts it in the drivers' seat with respect to enforcement priorities.

    Advantages over plain forgiveness: civil society actually has a hold over government, which in most of these countries they do not, and since the banks got something on the dollar, or have a future payback stream through the civili society's development projects, the nation does not necessarily lose all access to all global credit.


    Re: transfer the global debt to civil society? [96]
    by Craig Hubley on Monday, November 26 @03:25PM
    Some civil society initiatives now call to TRANSFER the debt to civil society rather than cancel it. This leaves civil society in each nation with leverage to negotiate with its own government, forgive or not, and puts it in the drivers' seat with respect to enforcement priorities.

    Advantages over plain forgiveness: civil society actually has a hold over government, which in most of these countries they do not, and since the banks got something on the dollar, or have a future payback stream through the civili society's development projects, the nation does not necessarily lose all access to all global credit.