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In 1962, Jamaica won its independence from the United Kingdom, and the island nation, which had long struggled with poverty, attempted to use its agricultural resources in order to create a sound economic base. As Jamaica's financial problems grew more severe with time, prime minister [[Performer~P196902~Michael Manley~michaelmanley]] struck a deal in 1977 with a consortium of economic institutions through the International Monetary Fund, who would loan money to the nation in exchange for removal of trade restrictions and subsidized exports. Twenty-five years later, most Jamaicans would agree that the deal drove a stake through the island's agricultural and industrial economy; imports from America have ruined the island's dairy industry, interference from growers and merchants in the United States and Latin America have effectively ended the growing of onions, bananas, carrots, and potatoes as cash crops, the value of the Jamaican dollar has plummeted, and the island is now seven billion dollars in debt to the IMF, with interest driving that figure higher each day. Filmmaker [[Performer~P303826~Stephanie Black~stephanieblack]] examines the sad state of Jamaica's economy in the face of "free trade" in the global economy in the documentary Life + Debt, which includes interviews with [[Performer~P196902~Michael Manley~michaelmanley]] and IMF director Stanley Fischer; the [[Performer~P303662~Jamaica Kincaid~jamaicakincaid]] novel A Small Place provides some of the text for the film's narration. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 2001

Crew

Kimberly McCord
Screenwriter
Jamaica Kincaid
Book Author
Jamaica Kincaid
Screenwriter
Richard Lannaman
Cinematographer
Alex Nepomniaschy
Cinematographer
Kyle Kibbe
Cinematographer
Malik Hassan Sayeed
Cinematographer
Bob Marley
Featured Music
Peter Tosh
Featured Music
Harry Belafonte
Featured Music
Neal Usatin
Editor
Suzanne Bauman
Editor
Don McGregor
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Chisolm
Camera Operator
Christopher Browne
Camera Operator
Katherine Kean
Camera Operator
Aboudja
Camera Operator
Brenda Ray
Sound Recordist
Caleb Mose
Sound Recordist
Jesse Ehredt
Sound Recordist
Frank Marrone
Re-Recording Mixer
Coll Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Andrew Bracken
Sound Effects Editor
Blake Leyh
Sound Editor
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