Documentary Review: Poverty, Inc. (2014)

Release Date: December 5th, 2014
Directed by: Michael Matheson Miller
Written by: Michael Matheson Miller, Jonathan Witt
Cast: various

Acton Institute, 94 Minutes

Review:

A friend of mine recommended this documentary while we were talking about the subject of how charity is often times a scam or mismanaged to the point of being ineffective, as those who are supposed to benefit never seem to grow out of impoverished situations.

So after checking out the trailer for this, I watched it immediately, as I was glad to see that some people came together to point out this obvious problem.

Overall, this was a decent and informative watch and I’d highly suggest it to those who are charitable but not because some celebrity told you to be but because you actually want to make a difference in people’s lives.

This breaks down what has become known as the “poverty industrial complex” and how it is just a big business that doesn’t really effect impoverished people in the ways it implies.

Also, this shows how a lot of Westerners with good intentions don’t see the actual consequences of their means of charity because they don’t see the region their trying to help from a local viewpoint. And often times, their charity does more long-term harm than good.

For the most part, I thought that this was well put together, well edited and made its points pretty exactingly.

This documentary presented things that everyone should really be aware of. 

Rating: 7.5/10