Three St. Bonaventure University organizations will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Poverty, Inc.” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building.
Have you ever wondered if your efforts to help someone were actually having the opposite effect?
“Poverty, Inc.” is an eye-opening examination of how supplying aid to developing countries can, in some circumstances, actually contribute to a country’s poverty. It draws on more than 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries. The program is sponsored by BonaResponds, ENACTUS and The Pacioli Scholar Program at the university.
“We stress that this is not saying that charity does not work,” said BonaResponds founder and university finance professor Dr. Jim Mahar. “This is saying that there is no single magic bullet to fight poverty and that actions — even well-intentioned actions — often have unintended consequences. For instance, giving away food may put local farmers out of business.”
“Poverty, Inc.” has earned 40 international film festival honors and was selected to the “Best of Fests” category in IDFA Amsterdam, the largest documentary festival in the world. It has already screened in 16 countries and numerous top universities, sparking a fast-growing grassroots dialogue to ignite change around the world.
The film was directed and produced by Michael Matheson Miller, a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute, a think tank focused on the intersection between market economics and moral philosophy and theology. He writes and speaks extensively on issues of development, political economy, religion, and culture.
The program is free and open to the public. More information about the film is available at www.povertyinc.org.
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