UNA-NY Screening the Issues
The End of Poverty?
Special advance film screening and
a discussion with co-producer Matthew Stillman
Thursday, June 25, 2009
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration and Reception
(Screening begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.)
The Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Streets)
New York, NY
UNA Members Free; Guests $10
Non-members, join for a $25 introductory membership and attend for free.
Reservations are required.
Space is limited, so don't delay making your reservation!
Call (212) 907-1353 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduled for theatrical release in September 2009, Philippe Diaz's "The End of Poverty?" was a feature presentation at the 2008 African Diaspora Film Festival, as well as an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. This amazing film not only explains how global inequality has its roots in 1492 but it is a phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world.
The documentary offers a look at why poverty still exists, from the creation of poverty, when the colonialists first landed in South America to find gold, linking all the ensuing mechanisms that have been implemented by the wealthy to ensure that they are able to extract cheap labor and cheap resources from the poor in order to maintain their wealth.
October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which has been observed every year since 1993, when the UN General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty in all countries. In 2001, recognizing the need to assist impoverished nations more aggressively, UN member states adopted the targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce extreme poverty, reduce child mortality rates, fight disease epidemics such as AIDS and developing a global partnership for development. 189 member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve the MDGs by the year 2015. At our current midway point, unfortunately not much progress has been made towards these goals.
The film features Nobel Prize winners Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz among other notable experts. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.
Following the film, we are pleased to host a discussion with the co-producer of the film, Matthew Stillman.
UNA-NY is grateful for the generosity of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, for allowing our organization the consistent booking of their state of the art screening room for our film-talk series, Screening the Issues.