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    • Hot For Profit

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      This is a controversial documentary offering an inside look into poverty in the so-called Third and First Worlds. Hot For Profit examines both of these forms of societies from the view of the NGOs, the politicians, the education, the media and religion. The film takes on the UN’s eight objectives for the new millennium, questioning all aspects of it.

      Some interesting facts before you watch the film is that every 24 hours there are approximately 25,000 people dying from hunger, roughly 900,000 people are killed due to wars and violence each year, and 35,000 women, men and children die per year from simple illnesses that could have been prevented. Lastly, approximately 1,000 million people go through their lives living on less than 1 dollar per day. But why and how?  Imagine surviving on less than $1 per day, what can we even buy for a dollar? Long gone are the days you can even buy a bag of chips, let alone enough food for your family, shelter for you to live in. This is poverty.

      Hot For Profit was shot in Nicaragua and Barcelona (Spain). Looking to provide you with a new perspective for the potential of change, this film will get you thinking about how to help and how fortunate you are.

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      Published on February 9, 2010 · Filed under: Business, Economy
    • Jason

      This was a rather poor documentary. It was all over the place in terms of focus, and I'm guessing that's because it was easier for the director to take as many pot shots as possible this way.

      There was very little coherence in the short 30 minutes(I mean really, what does the gay issue have to do with being "hot for profit"??), and the idea that changing one's attitude will bring about resolution to all the UN's millennium goals is naive, idealistic, and ridiculous.

      I am not by any means well versed in issues of global poverty, but I can recognize this doc as an appeal to emotion based on anecdotes.

      What would have been far better is if the director/narrator focused solely on one specific issue (say, poverty in Nicaragua as a whole), put forth good arguments based on reliable statistics and data, removed the cheap shots (mocking the local mayor and all politicians by calling them pigs isn't going to do any good), and then put forth at least a few concrete suggestions to go along with the idealism.

      For those interested global poverty, check out and watch some of the videos by Hans Roslin. The guy makes excellent use of data to give people a better idea of what the world is actually like. Plus he is entertaining to boot.

    • I agree totally…! its an amateuristic self made film, which is admirable, but doesn't make it a good one…

    • Alex L.

      The points were valid, but like the other post above states, references to the data were lacking. I especially lost faith when Hitler was brought up. Hitler killed a lot more than 6 million people. Where did that figure even come from? 6 million jews were killed, is that the only people that count? For a documentary that is supposed to promote international and global well-being I found leaving out all the others that were killed in WW2 to be pretty ignorant. It makes me question the credibility of the other statements made in the video. Again, however, the underlying points of education and a more responsible use of the media are incredibly important and undeniably valid. I also like the point at the end that we should get away from religion and use our brains instead.

    • (just a) F R O G on the LOG

      I didn't care for this doc much either, but I still want to give Jack Kebek a word of thanks for posting it. He seems to find rather obscure films (titles that at least I've never seen elsewhere)

    • The Tay

      ah, frog. i love you for so many of your posts, but but you must also acknowledge that sometimes, its the people who post those obscure videos are the ones who bring in the gold, even if its just once in awhile. dont berrat the man/or woman/ for trying. we all watch what we are drawn (or obsessed, in my respect) to watch.

    • Jonathan

      Great short documentary, it really gets to the point in a short time.
      Of course some people would've like more information, but i really think they made their point very clear.
      There are much more documetaries about topics like this one, but i've never seen one that ended up with a clear advice or solution… change your attitude… that's what we need.
      I don't really see the point of being very critics on the documentary and the information they use, i think that maybe some people are not really getting the point of the documentary and instead of it they seem to put their attention in some insignificant details, that i think they come from a bad understanding of the ideas shown on this doc.

      Quote: ¨…that's what we philosophers can do, I cannot propose you how to solve racist problem, how to solve ecological problem, what I can do as a philosopher is (I hope so) show how the very way you perceive, you conceptualize a very real problem may be part of the problem¨.

      Slavoj Žižek – Violence Interview (youtube)

    • Jason


      I get the point of the documentary. I just think that the prescription of "changing your attitude" alone will be ineffectual at creating any lasting change.

      Pointing fingers and using the UN representatives as scapegoats followed by giving an unsubstantial "solution" isn't going to do any good.

      How can we provide more education to the poor? How can we ensure high quality material on our newscasts? How can we foster better morals and respect? How can we reduce corruption within NGOs?

      Even an attempt to answer any of those questions would have made for a much better documentary. I am entirely justified in being critical of this documentary because the director was himself critical of various groups, and didn't even, in my opinion, add anything constructive to the issue(s).

      In regards to the conceptualization you mentioned, I think that if there was an opportunity to fairly change the way viewers perceive the issue, the director didn't take it. The film-maker does not seem to be a philosopher, but an idealistic youth with a passion.

    • (just a) F R O G on the LOG

      If by "berrat" you meant BERATE, I don't think (my) thanking Jack Kebek for bringing us films, that, if not for him, we (or I), might have missed the opporotunity to see at all, would fall within the correct deffinition of that word. My impression of Jack is that he is quite an intelegent fellow, and my bet would be that HE had no difficulty in comprehending exactly what I was saying in my comment. (which was, BTW, an expression of appreciation to him, despite the fact that I didn't particularly care for this documentary)

    • gary

      pretty good documentary. Id like to change the world, but im only one man. Imagine if we could all stand against this evil force and actually would.

    • Cedric

      Am I the only one who thought this documentary was naive and misguided in content? The world has never been as over-populated as it is now. I bellieve that we have reached a malthusian limit and that we will see more prosperity and a better way of living for all once the world population has been reduced to atleast 5,000,000,000. Our race is out of controll and I am of the opinion that the best thing that could happen to our planet now is a series of heavy earthquakes, meteor showers, vulcano eruptions and worldwide floods. Better economy, richer lands and some more space where the rest of our ecosystem can get it's groove on.

      • Paula Pop

        You’re definitely out of your mind , just go for 10 minutes in a mall an see how “limited” is our planet if that’s the case.All westerns are blind from consumerism and have lods of limitless options in the supermarkets and you’re talking about malthusianism……well trust me, human beings are too smart to die in a mathusianistic way!

    • Jane

      It’s great! But I wish they didn’t show us those gross images….