Year: 2012
Run Time: 86 minutes

Based off Margaret Atwood's highly praised book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth—a collection of essays about systems of justice and reparation—Jennifer Baichwal's PAYBACK illustrates the director's eminent approach of adapting other artists' work into the medium of film. Narrated by Margaret Atwood throughout, the film is a thought-provoking global case study of the idea of debt—both how we think about it internally and societally and how our views of it change how it works. Through examinations of punishment and incarceration, the overwhelming gap between the rich and the poor, and corporate corruption, the documentary conceptualizes controversial cases of debt, including the massive BP oil spill scandal and the presence of modern slavery on the farms of the Pacific Tomato Growers. Poignant and relevant, PAYBACK investigates our sense of fairness and the idea that human civilization is inherently unjust. (In English and Albanian with subtitles) –M.M.

Jennifer Baichwal

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montréal and grew up in British Columbia. She studied philosophy and theology at McGill University before receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1994. She is an Emmy Award winning director whose 2006 documentary "Manufactured Landscapes" was an Official Selection at the 31st Cleveland International Film Festival.

Select Filmography
"Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles" (1998), "The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia" (2002), "Manufactured Landscapes" (2006) - 31st CIFF, "Act of God" (2009), PAYBACK (2012)

Print Source

Zeitgeist Films


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