Life and Debt

This searing documentary investigates the relationship between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the island nation took out a loan from the organisation in 1975. Juxtaposing footage of happy bargain-hunting tourists against evidence of the crippling socio-economic effects of the loan upon the local communities, the film questions the diverse policies of the IMF, revealing how globalisation can wreck local lives. Interviewees include Jamaica’s social democrat prime minister Michael Manley and a former deputy director of the IMF.

Duration:
86 minutes

Country of origin:
USA

Year of production:
2001