LIFE & DEBT | Caribbean in Motion Film Series
LIFE & DEBT
(Stephanie Black, 2001, 80 minutes)
This now-classic documentary addresses the impact that the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other such financial entitles have on Jamaica and other countries in the global South. Their “globalization” policies are in essence the new form of colonialism. The film combines traditional documentary while also utilizing text written by Jamaica Kincaid as a voice over narrative to help viewers understand the country’s colonial past and its current economic challenges.
Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-curator of Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.
Caribbean in Motion: A Film Series
With a combined population of 45 million making up .6% of the earth’s population, the Caribbean has an impact well beyond those numbers. It is far more than a tourist destination. This film series – a combination of documentaries and fiction narratives – examines the various legacies of a region known for its history of slavery, colonialism and migration but the films also reveal the beauty, fierce resistance, regional interconnections, its internationalism, dexterity of its language(s) and its vibrant music.
This series is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox, on view May 8-August 11, 2019.