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FYII: The End of Poverty?

From: PG
Sent on: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:49 AM
Dear CSR NY,

It was a pleasure to see and speak to some of you at the CSR Social this week. Only in NYC such an invigorating event with enthusiastic faces on a Monday night!

Last week I saw two fantastic NYC movie premiers including post event discussions including with the movies' Producer/Director plus others. It was very enlightening and especially so because so many viewpoints post-movie could discuss what was on their minds following these very poignant and touching movies with both touch social responsibility (the first definitely touches on CSR, a very interesting viewpoint).

1) Challenging 500 Years of Globalisation with big focus on colonization: "The End of Poverty?" movie
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49267

@endpovertymovie Director Philip Diaz noted in the discussion with the audience on the NYC Premier Night:
If energy resources were evenly distributed worldwide, we could drive only 9 miles per day!!! <- Things that make you go hmmm

I thought the movie was about the Jeffrey Sachs book, but it is actually a critique! Philippe is brave to counter Jeffrey Sachs, but he made his point in the movie VERY WELL.

2) And, I loved the NYC premier of the documentary "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think."
http://www.upf.tv/upf06/Projects/InsideIslamWhataBillionMuslimsReallyThink/tabid/319/Default.aspx

See it on PBS Feb 2010! Or, get involved and organize a movie watch before then! It is based on Gallop poll results of 20+ Muslim countries. The gist of the movie is that we have a lot in common, all faiths, but the mainstream media in all parts of the world totally skews it!

I found it very interesting b/c I lived in Brussels, Belgium for 8 yrs. Brussels 20% Muslim population, 20% unemployment rate (was shocked when I learned this from my grad school professor of course Immigrant Minorities in Western Europe). Serious integration issues in Europe which we do not hear much about in the U.S. (exception Paris riots, Paris has a large Muslim popn too). There is real lack of communication in Europe about this issue. People avoid the topic or create anti-immigrant political parties that gain A TON of non-immigrant locals support!, but this cannot go on forever!

More on Muslims Europe:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510364,00.html

After these movies, I am reminded how amazingly lucky I am and have so much to be thankful for. Enjoy the impending holiday season and see you perhaps at the CSR Holiday party in December!

Best,
Pai

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