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The Money Lenders

Critical investigation of The World Bank and IMF

Overview

Genre
Contemporary Issues, Investigation, Politics, Foreign Worlds, and Reality
Synopsis

Do the World Bank and IMF make the poor even poorer? Why demonstrate against the Bank and IMF?

"Clear and comprehensive... admired the way in which you were able to bring an in-depth exploration of these complex issues to life."—UN Development Program

A global investigation of major criticisms of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), two of the most powerful financial institutions in the world. Each case study concentrates on a different aspect of critics' charges:

Bolivia: Debt, Drugs and Democracy
Ghana: The Model of Success
Brazil: Debt, Damage and Politics
Thailand: Dams and Dislocation
Philippines: The Debt Fighters

The charges are controversial and provocative. Some go to the heart of the power and policies of these institutions. They are made by economists, journalists, sociologists; church, labor, environmental, government and community leaders; and ordinary people from countries perceive as World Bank/IMF policies and practices.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
85 minutes

Credits

  • Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer, Reporter
  • Burleigh Wartes ... Cinematographer
  • Peter Kinoy ... Editor

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Richter Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
1986-99
Locations
Bolivia, Ghana, Philippines, Brazil, Thailand, Washington DC

Distribution Details

Release year
1987
Festivals
Parma (Italy) International
Awards
National Emmy Finalist, Prix Leonardo
Distribution
PBS: Refused to run it as "Perception of bias in favor of the poor" Aired throughout Europe, etc/
Language
English, Portugese, Thai, Spanish, Tagalog
Subtitles
English Subtitles

Photos

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