WORLDwrite film Premiere 'Damned By Debt Relief' 28/10/06
The premiere of a new 25 minute documentary made by 'Chew on it Productions' (WORLDwrite's production company) in partnership with Afrikaworld Syndications and WORLDwrite. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
Debt relief for selected developing countries was heralded as an inspired idea and spectacular humanitarian move by the West. Promoted by Tony Blair, Sir Bob and the Live 8/G8 jamboree, it has been singled out as the Year of Africa success story to be followed up with a new monitoring panel to ensure promises are kept. This grand gesture provided no new money, however, and the draconian conditions attached to debt relief were rarely mentioned. With growth-inhibiting restrictions on spending, and the rewriting of development agendas by donors, WORLDwrite's film shows how debt relief seems to have damned recipient countries to levels of interference not seen since colonialism. Shot in Ghana, with startling testimonies by angry Ghanaians, this film reveals the truth behind the West's 'feel good' debt forgiveness.
Ceri Dingle, director, WORLDwrite
DeRoy-Kwesi Andrew, co-producer, Damned By Debt Relief (flying in for the premiere)
Chair: Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics journalist; author of Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of the Global Financial Casino (2001)
[You can view 4-minute versions of WORLDwrite's films on NowPublic]
View the film's website here.