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Film Premiere of POVERTY, INC.

Venue: Room 040, Jordan Hall, Building 420, Stanford main campus.

Hosts: Hosted by the Stanford Eritrean and Ethiopian Students Association (SEESA). Co-sponsored by the Nigerian Students Association (NAIJA), the Center for African Studies (CAS), the Stanford African Students Association (SASA), and the Stanford Association for International Development (SAID).

Watch the film trailer.

Description: Stanford University proudly presents the award-winning new documentary POVERTY, INC. Filmmaker Q&A with Co-Producer Mark R. Weber to follow.

ABOUT THE FILM: Premiering at the Austin Film Festival last October, POVERTY, INC. has earned 30 international film festival honors, screening in 16 countries and sparking a grassroots dialogue around the world. The film's educational and international rights are represented by Ro*Co Films (distributor of 16 Oscar-nominated documentaries). Community screenings rights are represented by Tugg.

FILM SYNOPSIS: “I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.” 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. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, solar panels to US agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?