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Payback

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 6:00p

Payback by Jennifer Baichwal (US, 2012, 90). Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) creates a riveting documentary on "debt" in its various forms-societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and of course, economic. She strikingly interweaves these debtor/creditor relationships: two families in an Albanian blood feud; the BP oil spill vs. the Earth; tomato farm workers and their bosses; imprisoned media mogul Conrad Black and the justice system. With stunning cinematography and insightful… Show more

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June 21, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

Jennifer Baichwal’s documentary “Payback” begins with the sound of fingers typing on a computer keyboard. They presumably belong to the Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, who will appear throughout the film. This makes sense, as the documentary is based on her 2008 Massey Lectures for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and subsequent book, “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.” Just in time for the world financial crisis, Atwood pondered the concept of paying back a debt, not just in economic terms but also moral and social. Debt’s a seemingly straightforward concept, yet the more one thinks about it the more complex it becomes. As Atwood says, “How we think about [debt] changes how it works.”

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