The Marian University School of Medicine’s BRI chapter is proud to screen Poverty, Inc. to students and faculty. It is a bold look at “the business of doing good.” Please join us for refreshments and lively discussion following the film.
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: Eighteen students attended this free refreshments and film screening. After the movie it was opened up for discussion. People were really questioning the purpose of NGO’s and things we can do individually to make sure things like this do not happen. Empowering the citizens of the poor countries is key to getting them our of poverty, as opposed to just giving them free things all the time. In the end, the documentary raised more questions than answered. But the documentary made many people aware of what is going on, and now the message can be spread through word of mouth from what was viewed in the documentary.
“The screening went great. Timmy Global Health made it a mandatory screening for any club members that planned on traveling to the Dominican Republic for their medical mission trip this summer. While I don’t necessarily agree with making things mandatory, it helped based on the number of people that attended.” ~Trenton Schmale, BRI-Marian president
The attendance for this documentary screening was better than the documentary screening Wait Till It’s Free last year. I think it opened up the eyes of some people that were unaware to this, and hopefully it allows them to see things through a new perspective when they go to the Dominican Republic or other foreign country when they do mission work.