In July we showed a work-in-progress of our new documentary, Poverty, Inc at the Anthem Film Festival in Las Vegas and the 10th Annual Topanga Film Festival in Southern California (not too far from where I grew up)
We were delighted—and pleasantly surprised—at the positive reaction from two different audiences. At the Anthem Film Festival Poverty Inc won three awards:
- Grand Prize
- Audience Choice
- Excellence in Filmmaking
and at the Topanga Film Festival it won “The Coveted Coyote Award” for the Best Documentary. You can read about it in the Topanga Messenger
While we were in California we also had the chance to get some great feedback from other filmmakers and we we are in the process of editing the documentary–and tightening it up by about 5 minutes–which is much harder than it sounds, but we are almost there and will be showing the refined version at the Austin and Savannah Film Festivals at the end of October.
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“I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.”
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?