Life and Debt

“Essentially, what the IMF wanted us to do was to devalue our currency. That’s the first thing. To make our dollar cheaper… and since our society is so heavily dependent on imported food, imported fuel, imported books to go to school, imported medicine. When we devalue, the costs of those things we import go up to the citizens. And as a result, the economy today is much more under the control of foreigners; not necessarily though direct ownership, but through the mechanism of debt.”

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequencess all focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact. (Excerpt from main website)

  • Directed by
  • Produced by
  • Official Website: www.lifeanddebt.org
  • Transcript: Submit a Transcript
  •  

    Sharing is Caring

     

    Leave A Comment