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Payback (2012)

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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 Gulf Coast; 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 Raj Patel, Louise Arbour and Atwood herself, Payback is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject.

Margaret Atwood, Conrad Black, Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser
Jennifer Baichwal

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dragonwchimes, posted on August 17, 2015

Darn....I really wanted to see this. I'm in Canada...the tech people at Gaiam must be able to change the country coding on these videos so members have access to them all, or set up a different system (like recording the videos, then uploading them so that we can all have access?) :(

MichalL@Gaia, posted on August 18, 2015

Hi @DRAGONWCHIMES, the limited availability of some of the videos on the site has to do with licensing rights. When we license rights to a film we try our hardest to negotiate worldwide availability; sometimes we’re successful, other times we’re not. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope you will continue to enjoy all of our worldwide-available content – including all of our original programming.
Thank you, Michall@GTV

threebirdsdream, posted on August 16, 2015

This film made me think..

superwoman, posted on January 27, 2013

Great documentary....I like Margaret's words reverberating in the background. It gives great perspective on holding to grudges, oil spills. How we destroy ourselves, all of us together

RedcatMac, posted on January 27, 2013

Not at all what I expected. Thought provoking. Strengthens my resolve to do the best I can with what I have from where I am. Man's inhumanity to man is not inevitable.

alicat, posted on January 26, 2013

This is a great film about out current situation - and I truly believe that change is possible - change in how we view our world, change in how we live with it and in it.

Dana Martine, posted on January 25, 2013

The Soul knows its purpose. The color of debt matches up to the choices we make. There are the ones that lead to future choice of the same language that can either rob us of who we THINK we are aspiring to be, or that can rob us of who we can truly become.

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