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George Washington University: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: Poverty, Inc.: “The Business of Doing Good”
October 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Poverty, Inc.: “The Business of Doing Good.”
BRI-GWU chapter will be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc. We hope to see you there as we delve into the complex dynamics of “big business” fighting poverty. All are welcome. Please RSVP to ensure enough refreshments for all.
From the film’s website:
“The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.
Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.”
POST-EVENT SUMMARY: The GWU-BRI chapter president, Brandon Robinson, presented a brief history of Benjamin Rush Institute, including it’s namesake, Dr. Benjamin Rush and how BRI’s mission is to protect the doctor-patient relationship through free-market enterprises. He gave the example of direct primary care, how the physician is responsible and capable of customizing the relationship with their patient to best suit their patient’s needs.
After the introduction to BRI, the documentary film “Poverty, Inc.” was shown. Feedback from the film was positive, as students at GW are generally interested in global poverty with multiple other student organizations engaging in anti-poverty efforts.