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The Invisible Heart

The Invisible Heart

A film by Nadine Pequeneza
80 minutes, color, Canada, 2018
DVD includes: Closed Captions and Chapter Selections

File under: African American, All Films, Business/Entrepeneurship, Government, Homepage, Law, New Release, Social Impact Bonds, Urban Studies

Synopsis

The Invisible Heart provides an expansive and compelling overview into the world of social impact bonds (SIBs). The film calls into question the responsibilities of governments and private citizens as it follows many stakeholders’ viewpoints on this innovative social endeavor: policymakers, billionaire investors, under-resourced nonprofit leaders, professors and most importantly, those who need this help the most. Through an observational and character-driven framework, The Invisible Heart educates on what happens when social services and venture capital collide.

The Invisible Heart has the potential to resonate with a variety of audiences. For university students, the film could find a home in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, or Urban Studies departments. For high school students, the film fits into English, History, Economics and Civics classes. And for adults working hands on either in finance or social services, The Invisible Heart provides new information about solving social ills.

Reviews

“A good documentary enthrals and informs you, even if you went into it without any clue of what it was about. The strength of The Invisible Heart lies within its cast of characters…the faces of real people are what makes the Heart so potent.”
Trent Wilkie, The Trent Wilkie

“The Invisible Heart has come to offer both sides of the ongoing SIB debate with sober judgement and a human face.”
Sierra Bilton, Vue Weekly

“The Invisible Heart takes a deep look at social impact bonds and raises multiple questions for governments, including the idea of the government paying profits to investors.”
Jordan Press, Canadian Press

“Social impact bonds ‘problematic’ says director of
new social finance documentary The Invisible Heart.”
Danny Glenwright, The Philanthropist

“The Invisible Heart weighs the ethics of putting human rights causes like housing and education in a relationship with capitalist interests.”
Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

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Big Men

Big Men

A film by Rachel Boynton
99 minutes, color, USA, 2014
DVD includes: Closed Captions, Chapter Markers, Bonus Scenes

File under: All Films, Business/Entrepeneurship, Environment, Film Studies, Government, Home Video, Homepage, International Law, New Release

Synopsis

“Big Men” is a real-life Treasure of the Sierra Madre, an epic tale about ambitious people who uncover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth.

In 2007 US-based Kosmos Energy discovers the first oil in the history of the West African republic of Ghana. What follows over the next five years is a twisting tale of greed and deception, which director Rachel Boynton films with razor-sharp journalistic skill. While in Ghana she makes side trips to nearby Nigeria, whose own oil reserves have been responsible for a vicious cycle of exploitation with little appreciable benefit to the country itself.

“Big Men” travels from company meetings about oil deals worth billions to gatherings of heavily armed militants preparing to strike. And along the way it poses vital questions about what fundamentally motivates us: Is unbridled greed an intrinsic part of human nature? And can what unites us ever be greater than what divides us?

A remarkable verité portrait of the deeper implications of global capitalism and the quest for oil, acclaim and cash that affects us all.

Reviews

***1/2. Offering a powerful examination of the more corrosive effects of big capitalism on the global stage, this excellent documentary is highly recommended. Read the full review here

~ Video Librarian

 

“It’s a brilliant bit of storytelling so will be of interest to a broad audience and will be of special interest to courses on post-colonial development in Africa and international business. Highly recommended .” Read the full review here

~ EMRO

“This film presents an in-depth record of meetings on all sides, resulting in an eye-opening picture of the high-stakes battle over foreign investments and the exploitation of Africa’s natural resources.” Read the full review here

~ Booklist Review 

“‘Big Men’ takes us on an extraordinary voyage along the African oil frontier and provides an utterly unique look into the inner workings of the global oil and gas industry.  In placing the new oil scramble in Ghana alongside the explosive and turbulent history of oil production in its neighbor, Nigeria, the film shows how the “big men” – whether in Houston, New York, Accra or Port Harcourt – are part of the same rough and tumble universe of oil men desperately competing for the new oilfields, which bring wealth for some and misery for the majority.  A tour de force.”

~ Michael Watts, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
and author of The Curse of the Black Gold

“Rachel Boynton’s extraordinary ‘Big Men’ should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage. Using razor-sharp journalistic skill to untangle the knotty saga of an American petroleum company’s entrance into the West African republic of Ghana, Boynton’s film also poses a series of troubling philosophical questions: Is unchecked greed an intrinsic part of the human character? Is ‘the greater good’ ever more than a convenient euphemism where big business and big government are concerned?”

~ Scott Foundas, Variety

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