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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patrick Zieske for the information in this story.)

Please join the St. Mary Church Respect Life and Charity and Justice Commissions for a complimentary screening of the award-winning film, Poverty Inc., on Saturday Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.

The event will take place at St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea and below is the Event schedule:

5:30 p.m. – Meet and Concessions

6 p.m. – Poverty, Inc. Screening

7 p.m. – Speakers, Q and A Session

8:15 p.m. – Close

This is complimentary event; however, an offering will take place in order to raise money for the St. Louis Center (https://stlouiscenter.org/), members of which will be speaking at the event about their international charity work. 

In addition, Deacon Mike Martin from St. Mary Parish in Chelsea will be speaking about work among the poor in Flint.

Please register here.  Registration is free.


Information on the Poverty, Inc. Film

Watch the film trailer: https://vimeo.com/109863354

POVERTY, INC. has earned 60 international film festival honors including a “Best of Fests” selection at IDFA Amsterdam – the biggest documentary festival in the world.

Website: http://www.povertyinc.org/

About the film:

“I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.”

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better.

Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

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