Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Debt Police

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Uganda seeks external debt relief and fights internal corruption.

Life - The Debt Police

Uganda has recently benefited from a debt relief initiative coordinated by the World Bank designed to redeem the burden of debt crippling some of the world's poorest countries. But in a country where corruption is rife, is this relief - Uganda has been forgiven 60% of the $120 million it pays to service its foreign debt every year - really going to help the poor? Life travels in rural Uganda with the Uganda Debt Network, an NGO working to ensure that this aid reaches the poor and improves their lives.

An American academic, Steve Hanke, thinks that debt relief is a fraud and that believing that monitoring works is like believing in the tooth fairy: a free market and a vibrant economy is the only thing that can help poor countries and do away with corruption. But visiting poverty-stricken schools and AIDS orphans, Christine Nantongo of the Uganda Debt Network says relief really is working: she wants total cancellation of the country's $3.7 billion debt.

And Life reports on the thriving anti-corruption movement that has sprung up, with popular theater and campaigning schoolchildren.

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Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Bradshaw, Steve (film producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Series producer, Luke Gawin; editor, Sotira Kyriacou; series editor, Robert Lamb.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Steve Bradshaw

Television Trust for the Environment
Steve Bradshaw
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Finance, Speculation and Debt
International Relations and Geopolitics
Human Rights
Rural Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Social Justice
United Nations


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