Imagine living off less than $1 a day or selling bottled water when you might not even have access to this basic resource? Given our modern cities and plentiful resources, why is there is so much poverty amidst so much wealth? What's the good of giving pajamas when infrastructure and jobs need to build and sustain the economy?
Matthew Stillman, co-producer, conceived of The End of Poverty? and wrote its first treatment before turning the project over to Cinema Libre. Spurred by his passion for social justice and his knowledge of economics and politics, this film is his biggest step so far in "making the world better." Stillman talks about his life's passion, influenced by his early reading of Henry George's Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth...the Remedy. With journalism happening live in the film, he concludes that the poor of the world must demand justice, not charity. Kenya, Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela are the countries chosen to represent the crisis of poverty, including its driving forces and complex issues.
While continuing his work around social justice and progressive taxation and supporting this film, Stillman is launching a creativity consulting practice and a comedic satire of TED talks.
Referencing Our Film Screening, The End of Poverty, on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Video by Yana Kehrlein