Poverty, Inc.

( USA / 2014 )
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The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.
From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 91 min.
Theme: Activism, African Cinema and Culture, Conflicts, Current Affairs, Economy, Education, Globalization, Politics see all »
Language(s): English
Director(s): Michael Matheson Miller
Producer(s): Michael Matheson Miller, Mark R. see all »
Available regions: Canada, United States
Poverty, Inc.


  • Press Kit
  • “A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.”
    Andres Jimenez, Waging Non-Violence [Costa Rica]
  • "You made me so proud to be an African woman. Thank you for the brutal but necessary and empowering truth."
    Dany Masado, Health Professional [Cameroon]
  • "This documentary will be required viewing for our entire team."
    Philip Sansone, Executive Director of the Whole Planet Foundation [USA]

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    "Dumping food and supplies in low-income cities and villages can put local farmers and entrepreneurs out of business, as vividly shown in the documentary Poverty, Inc."

awards & accolades

  • Anthem Film Festival - FreedomFest Grand Prize
  • Bahamas International Film Festival - Best Documentary

Festival participation

  • Anthem Film Festival
  • Bahamas International Film Festival
  • Austin Film Festival
  • Chicago International Social Change Film Festival
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
  • Thessoloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • World Unite Film Festival

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Distribution Company: Ro*co Educational

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