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Title Life and debt [videorecording] / a Tuff Gong Pictures production ; a film by Stephanie Black ; produced and directed by Stephanie Black ; narration written by Jamaica Kincaid.
Published New York, NY : Distributed by New Yorker Video, [2003]
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Edition Collectors ed.
Description 1 videodisc (ca. 86 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Credits Cinematography by Malik Sayeed ... [et al.] ; edited by John Mullen.
Note Narration based on "A small place" by Jamaica Kincaid, 1987.
Originally produced as an American documentary in 2001.
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.
Note 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].
System Reqs DVD; Dolby Digital audio; letterbox presentation, 16/9, compatible 4/3.
Language In English with optional English subtitles; Closed-captioned.
Performer Narration read by Belinda Becker; interviews with Michael Manley, Stanley Fischer, Michael Witter, David Coore, Jerry Rawlings, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary 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 '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.
Subject Kincaid, Jamaica -- Film adaptations.
International Monetary Fund.
World Trade Organization.
Globalization -- Social aspects.
Globalization -- Economic aspects.
Globalization -- Political aspects.
Anti-globalization movement -- Jamaica.
Investments, Foreign -- Jamaica.
International business enterprises -- Jamaica.
International trade -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Jamaica -- Social conditions.
Jamaica -- Economic conditions.
Jamaica -- Description and travel.
Genre Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Related Names Black, Stephanie. Producer. Director.
Becker, Belinda. Narrator.
Manley, Michael, 1924-1997. Interviewee.
Fischer, Stanley. Interviewee.
Witter, Michael. Interviewee.
Aristide, Jean-Bertrand. Interviewee.
Rawlings, Jerry J., 1947- Interviewee.
Mullen, John. Cinematographer. Film editor.
Kincaid, Jamaica. Small place.
Tuff Gong Pictures.
New Yorker Video (Firm)
Note Title on disc label and container: Life + debt
Alternate Title Life & debt
ISBN 1567303110
Standard # 717119830342
Publisher # DVD-83003 New Yorker Video
OCLC number 51856494