Category: Analysis 30th June 2017
The film End of Poverty, seeks to explain how poverty can be eliminated in the globe. The narrator’s voice in the film argues that the idea that there are rich countries and poor countries is not natural. The film traces the beginning of poverty in the global south. It lasts to the time when the plundering of resources from these poor countries was done by their colonial masters. Most of such countries are now among the richest in the world save for America. However, it has been accused of doing something else wrong in the film.
The individuals pushing for a globalized market would view this documentary as misleading. There are a number of reasons for this, first it blames the rich countries which are found in the north for enslaving the poor nations, which are mostly found in the south through debts. These rich countries are also accused of utilizing resources from the developing world, using their companies and then investing huge parts of their profits in their home countries. The other reason is that rich countries get markets for goods made in their countries in the developing world. Now globalization pushes an economic system in the globe which is not only integrated, but also governed by the forces of the market; where anyone who can afford something, and is willing to pay, gets the good or service. The film wants the world resources be utilized equally among all the people irrespective of the consumer’s ability to pay.
This film has expanded my understanding of the concept in a negative way. It puts the blame on the rich countries for the presence of poverty in the world. The former colonialists are blamed for utilizing resources from their colonies without paying back. Other countries like America receive the blame for inefficient use of resources, and the blame for its effort to control growth and development of other countries.