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Summary

Margaret Atwood's visionary non-fiction 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 the stunning cinematography and insightful commentary from Raj Patel, Louise Arbour and Atwood herself, PAYBACK is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject.

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