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New Meetup: Life and Debt Screening + panel discussion - Lexi Cinema

From: Keziah M.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:34 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Documentary Addicts: Films That Matter Group!

What: Life and Debt Screening + panel discussion - Lexi Cinema

When: Monday, September 20,[masked]:15 PM

Where: The Lexi Cinema
194 Chamberlayne Road Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU

The next screening organised by Tipping Point Film Fund will be on Monday at the Lexi Cinema and it's set to be an interesting evening!

As usual you can meet me outside the screening room 10 minutes before the start and then those who would like to can come a drink and a chat afterwards.

Hope to see some of you there!


Watch the trailer here:

A bit about the film:

Life and Debt
Jamaica, land of sand, sea and sun? and a prime example of the complexities of economic globalisation on the world?s developing countries.

With twenty-five years of ?help? from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank intended to bring Third World nations such as Jamaica into the fold of free market economies, these restructuring policies have crippled Jamaica?s efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching the lenders.

This scathing film is an unapologetic look at the new world order from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy officials. Featuring interviews with former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley and former President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Life and Debt portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of international lending agencies while driving home the devastating consequences of globalisation.

The film was made a decade ago and re-released in August 2010 by Axiom Films ? but it remains as relevant today as when it was first released.


?When will rich countries own up to their responsibility in keeping developing nations poor in order to grow their own wealth??

The panel discussion after the film will delve deeper into the truth behind why many developing nations are still under-developed. It will explore just ?who owes who? in the relationship between the rich north and the poor south ? especially in light of the recent petition of France to return to poverty stricken post-earthquake Haiti, the 90 million gold francs (?14bn) it took as ?compensation? to French slave-owners for Haiti?s independence in 1804.

The panel

Dr. Robert Beckford is an academic and award winning broadcaster based in Birmingham. He has authored half-a-dozen books in the field of theology and culture and made over 20 documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, averaging two films per year with Channel 4, becoming a regular fixture on the prime time television slots of Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

Nick Dearden is Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign. Before, he worked at War on Want (special focus on labour national rights, including campaigning for justice for the people of Palestine); Amnesty International UK, with a lead role on their campaign on poverty and economic, social and cultural rights and joined Jubilee Debt Campaign in 2008 as its Director.

Dr. Patricia Daley is a Researcher and Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Oxford, where she is also a Fellow of Jesus College. Previously, she taught at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, and at Loughborough University, UK. She is a Pan-Africanist; and her area of specialism covers the intersection between development, forced migration, gender, warfare, and the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her most recent book is entitled ?Gender and Genocide: the Search for Spaces of Peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa?, James Currey and Indiana University Press. She is also chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity Fahamu, which, among a range of its activities, publishes the social justice online newletter Pambazuka

Booking tickets

Tickets cost ?10 (plus ?1 booking fee) but are free to regular Tipping Point Film Fund donors. Tickets can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website ( or by calling the box office on[masked] (lines open 9.30am ? 8.30pm and there is a ?1.50 Booking Fee). If you are a Tipping Point Film Fund regular donor and would like to attend please contact us.

Getting there

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford St) stop directly outside the cinema.

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