Essay on Movie Review of Tshirt Travels

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Amrit Kulasekaran Professor Kornelly Nov 26 2012 Anthropology 101 Salaula: Charity or Exploitation The documentary “T Shirt travels” follows a young Zambian named Luka through his daily life as a second hand clothes seller. We are taken on a journey through the struggles and issues from both a micro and macro level. We learn about issues facing the country as a whole such as rampant poverty, to an economy destroyed by slavery and further setback due to larger nations dictating economic policy for Zambia. To the smaller scale with individual families such as Luka’s trying to make ends meet in a hand to mouth industry and shows how hard it is for them to succeed. The whole film gives us a deeper understanding of how Zambia is being…show more content…
Oddly enough people who had steady paying jobs just a few years ago now sell second hand clothes, due to the decision to allow for privatization of Zambian government run companies. Many of whom just liquidated the company’s assets and let them go bankrupt. After Zambia gained political independence their economy was doing better. Their economy was surrounded around their primary natural resource, copper. As copper sales went up, new medical buildings and schools were built, they had a promising textile industry and things were looking up. Until an unexpected rise in the price of oil in tandem with the dropping prices of copper forced Zambia to borrow from the IMF and world banks at extremely high interest rates. Soon Zambia found itself in a mountain of unpayable debts and to repay creditors, spending was cut to education and health and other infrastructure projects. Eventually all of the progress they have made goes to waste as it can not be maintained. Foreign countries currently dictate the economic policy via structural adjustment, i.e. policies that “should” increase revenue and allow them to pay the loans off. This inevitably leads to a country that is so dependent on foreign aid because their own industries have been destroyed by foreign influences. The dependence on foreign aid and a westernization of culture that happened to Zambia has happened to indigenous people across the world. This is similar to the Tiwi who were used
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