The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: CANADA, USA, ALBANIA
Language: English, Spanish, Albanian
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.
Monday, March 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Standing Up Competition
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
"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)
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
François Cluzet, Omar Sy