Director: Michael Matheson Miller
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, 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? Having earned over 50 film festival awards, screened well over 500 times around the world, and embraced by individuals from across the political spectrum, Poverty, Inc.’s message has had a powerful and enduring impact on the dialogue surrounding development, aid, and human flourishing. Discussion will be led by Concordia New York's President, Rev. Dr. John Nunes and Dr. Paul Bonicelli, Director of Programs and Education at the Acton Institute. This event is free and open to the public.