Give Us the Money

Give Us the Money


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Bosse Lindquist / Sweden / 2012 / 58 min.

Ethiopia suffered extreme famine in the mid-1980s. Images of starving people at death’s door were broadcast around the world, prompting famous musicians Bob Geldof and Bono Vox to organise a huge charity concert called Live Aid. Director Bosse Lindquist sets out on the trail of the engaged celebrities who decided to do something in the fight against poverty. Their fame helped a hitherto marginal issue acquire a global dimension. The film maps their activities in the field of humanitarian and development aid and reveals the background to the successful worldwide campaigns Drop the Debt and Make Poverty History. However, the documentary does not avoid the other side of this success, which is partly based on creating stereotypical images of the developing world as one full of children with sunken faces and bloated bellies where there is no avoiding dealing with authoritarian regimes. The film looks for an answer to the eternal question: What is the correct way to help? The film is part of the international project Why Poverty?, aimed at fostering debate about various forms of poverty around the world.



Thematic Category: Why poverty?

Production:
Don Edkins
Steps
7 Glynville Terrace
8008 Cape Town
South Africa
e-mail: don@steps.co.za
website: www.whydemocracy.net