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Margaret Atwood’s visionary work Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the basis for this riveting and poetic documentary on “debt” in its various forms—societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and of course, economic. Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) strikingly interweaves these (sometimes surprising) debtor/creditor relationships: two families in a years-long Albanian blood feud; the BP oil spill vs. the Earth; mistreated Florida tomato farm workers and their bosses; imprisoned media mogul Conrad Black and the U.S. justice system. With stunning cinematography and insightful commentary from renowned thinkers Raj Patel, Louise Arbour and Atwood herself, Payback is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject.

  • Director: Jennifer Baichwal
  • Country: Canada
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2012
  • Run Time: 01:26:15
  • imdb Score: 5.2/10 (25 votes)
  • Language: English
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"Despite trying to fit both the ancient Albanian Kanun legal code and the fate of the environment on the same procrustean bed, Baichwal's free-flowing essay film stands as a thoughtful and compelling meditation on global interconnectivity."
Andrew Schenker - TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Payback attempts something impressively difficult, but it succeeds primarily in its individual moments."
Noel Murray - THE A.V. CLUB

"Cinematic globe-trotting doesn't necessarily trump reading a good book, it turns out; then again, more movies should be burdened with the flaw of being too intellectually curious."
Mark Holcomb - THE VILLAGE VOICE

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Sundance Film Festival 2012