Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Screenwriters: Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwalâ€™s brilliant documentaries exemplify the alignment of form with content as she imaginatively transposes other artistsâ€™ work into the film medium to explore and expand their narratives. In her latest such project, Baichwal undertakes the ambitious task of cinematizing Payback, Margaret Atwoodâ€™s visionary book of essays about systems of wealth, justice, and reparation.
Seemingly disparate forays into the worlds of migrant tomato pickers in Florida, feuding clans in Albania, victims of BPâ€™s oil spill, and a repentant inmate all mix with insights from thinkers like theologian Karen Armstrong, ecologist William Rees, public critic Raj Patel, and Atwood herself. Integrating Atwoodâ€™s words with their outlooks, Baichwalâ€™s luxurious pacing, arresting imagery, and astonishing juxtapositions stimulate provocative associations among ideas and realities.
Both visceral and revelatory, Payback plunges us deeply into reconsidering the roots of social inequity, what we value, and debtâ€™s profound role as an organizing principle in our livesâ€”one that shapes relationships, society, and the fate of the planet.
- International Documentary Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- Canada, 82 min.