YES! Film Picks: War Child / The End of Poverty?

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War Child

Reel U Films, 2008, 1 hr 32 min.

An award-winning documentary by first-time director C. Karim Chrobog, War Child chronicles the shocking and ultimately hopeful odyssey of hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal. Recruited as a child soldier for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, Jal survived civil war and eventually turned his ferocious story into internationally successful hip hop and rap.

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The End of Poverty?

Cinema Libre Studio, 2008, 1 hr 44 min.

Five hundred years after imperial globalization began, have we achieved the end of poverty? Hardly, suggests this beautiful and compelling documentary. Narrated by Martin Sheen and drawing on dozens of first-hand accounts and interviews with experts including Joseph Stiglitz, Susan George, and Amartya Sen, The End of Poverty? mixes heart-rending testimonies with scenic footage. The film argues that poverty is created by exploitive global economics. The solution? Restore the commons and consume less in the First World. This film tackles the issue of global poverty with clear-eyed honesty and optimism.

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