Controversial Dox

Give Us the Money

Bosse Lindquist
Screening time  
02.03. / Saturday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
From ''Live Aid'' to ''Make Poverty History'', celebrities have become activists against poverty. But have the concerts and campaigns really lifted millions out of poverty?

In the early 1990s, a group of people including pop stars Bono and Bob Geldof decided that something radical needed to happen to bring an end to poverty. They used smart PR and worldwide campaigns such as “Drop the Debt” and “Make Poverty History” to turn the fight against poverty into an appealing subject. Give Us the Money interviews Bono, Geldof, Bill Gates, Gordon Brown, critical African economists and others. It analyses the successes and failures of these global campaigns, and explores in detail the collective efforts of celebrities, leftist revolutionaries and conservative members of Congress. Made as part of the worldwide “Why Poverty?” campaign, this documentary poses the old question of how we can do good.


Bosse Lindquist

Bosse Lindquist is a writer and producer from Sweden. His work has been broadcast on television and radio, and he is currently director of investigative documentaries at Swedish Television. In 2010, his documentary WikiRebels traced the path taken by Wikileaks to success, fame and notoriety. Over the years, Bosse has repeatedly won plaudits for his work, from a series of documentaries on the state of modern genetics, to a radio documentary about an extreme Swedish Maoist group, to a film about Swedish support for the Pol Pot regime. He has been awarded the Prix Europa, the Association of Swedish Investigative Journalists prize and the Ikarosprize

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Give Us the Money

2012, 59', video

Directed by:
Bosse Lindquist

Sven Lindahl

Edited by:
Rodney Guest

Andreas Kleerup, Markus Enochson

David Herdies

Produced by:
Momento Films

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012