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Arms for the Poor (1997)

In unveiling the murky world of U.S. weapons exports to developing countries, this documentary exposes the present-day influence of the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower cautioned about when he left office. “It is not about geopolitical strategy . . . it’s simply about greed and a hustle to the developing world,” says one Globe journalist.


"Arms for the Poor" goes beyond politics and economics to ask whether the arms trade might be killing America’s national soul. While the poor need housing, education, and health care, U.S. taxpayers support an already-immense military budget that is growing larger deal by deal. The film presents an international spectrum of experts, dignitaries, and activists (Oscar Arias, U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and the Dalai Lama, among them) who maintain, along with one Nobel laureate, that “the poor are crying out for schools and doctors, not guns and generals.”


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Arms for the Poor (1997)

  • Duration: 30 minutes

    Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud

    Narrated by Richard Kiley

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  • Awards

    • Cine Golden Eagle Award
    • Harry Chapin Media Award
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