About the film
From Award-winning director Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes), and based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling and visionary work, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, Payback offers a fascinating look at debt: how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and even the fate of the planet.
The film explores the link between debtor and creditor in a variety of contexts and situations—a years-long blood feud between two Albanian families; the BP oil spill; tomato farm workers in Florida and their bosses; media mogul Conrad Black and the US justice system—while addressing debt in all its forms: societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal and, of course, economic.
Payback is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject. Produced by Ravida Din for the National Film Board of Canada.
Where to see Payback in Canada
Where to see Payback in the US
The film opens on April 25 in the US. Click here for cities and theatres.
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- Jian Ghomeshi, Q
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- Adam Nayman, THE WALRUS
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was originally composed for the 2008 Massey Lecture Series, broadcast by CBC Radio, and was published by House of Anansi Press.
JENNIFER BAICHWAL: DIRECTOR
Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 18 years. Her films have played all over the world and won awards nationally and internationally including Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998), The Holier It Gets (1999), and The True Meaning of Pictures (2003). Manufactured Landscapes (2007) about the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, was released theatrically in over 15 countries, while Act of God (2009) opened the Hot Docs Film Festival. Baichwal is currently in production on a film about water with Edward Burtynsky, Nick de Pencier and Daniel Iron.
RAVIDA DIN: PRODUCER
Ravida Din is an Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada (Quebec and Atlantic Production Centers). Credits include Pink Ribbons, Inc. (d. Léa Pool, 2011), The Socalled Movie (d. Garry Beitel, 2010), Jelena’s Song (d. Pablo Alvarez-Mesa, 2010) and Family Motel (d. Helene Klodawsky, 2007). Payback is her most recent production.
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