We will be screening “Poverty, Inc.” — a bold look at “the business of doing good.” Please join us for refreshments and lively discussion following the film. All are welcome, and please contact Mary Hahn in advance if you are planning to attend this event. SUNY Downstate is a secure campus, and she will need to coordinate to meet with you if you are not a student or faculty member at SUNY.
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.”
This event is generously supported by Benjamin Rush Institute, SUNY Med Council, and University Council.
POST-EVENT SUMMARY: In spite of having to hold the movie screening at 5pm when many students simply want to head home (as opposed to showing it at lunch time), 20 students joined us to view Poverty, Inc., and several remained for a short discussion following. We served food, generously funded by Med Council at SUNY Downstate.
“Thank you for hosting this! It was very interesting!” ~Student attendee, SUNY Downstate
“Thanks for organizing. Def an interesting short documentary.” ~Student attendee, SUNY Downstate