Payback

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

Year: 2012
Running Time: 86
Color Type: Color
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Payback

Crew
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal


Margaret Atwood’s visionary work Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the basis for this riveting and poetic documentary on “debt” in its various forms—societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and of course, economic. Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) strikingly interweaves these (sometimes surprising) debtor/creditor relationships: two families in a years-long Albanian blood feud; the BP oil spill vs. the Earth; mistreated Florida tomato farm workers and their bosses; imprisoned media mogul Conrad Black and the U.S. justice system. With stunning cinematography and insightful commentary from renowned thinkers Raj Patel, Louise Arbour and Atwood herself, Payback is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject.

Reviews

Making a film about an idea, rather than a political issue or a specific historical incident, is devilishly difficult, but the ingenious Canadian documentarian Jennifer Baichwal pulls it off in PAYBACK, which explores the concept of debt through many of its juridical, environmental and moral ramifications. It’s ultimately haunting, beautiful and strangely optimistic.

FIVE STARS. The stories and on camera interviews are interwoven seamlessly. The cinematography is beautiful. The editing is brilliant. PAYBACK is a profound and challenging investigation of the notion of debt and how it impacts all of us.

PAYBACK is a rarefied conceptual documentary. By integrating the views of activist-writers from Raj Patel to Eric Schlosser, this poetic, intermittently haunting film ultimately argues for generosity and open-heartedness in the face of greed, exploitation and vengeance. Tech credits are superb.

Typical in a Baichwal film the visuals are exquisite – the spilled oil blackening the blue Gulf like a vast bruise; the rows upon rows of tomato vines imprisoning their stooped and sweating pickers. So, in its adopted home on the screen, the discussion acquires a new power in the imagery.

Press Kit

Hi-Res Poster

Hi-Res Images

Trailer Embed Code

Hi-Res Trailer

Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu. Interested in bringing Payback to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please visit our site or contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 4:20pm
Happy birthday #LucaMarinelli! Don’t miss his star-making performance in MARTIN EDEN, now in theaters and virtual c…' https://t.co/qgfBBXzsAm'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 2:33pm
RT' @AcropolisCinema': Reminder: today is the *final* day to catch Pietro Marcello’s MARTIN EDEN and THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF, two films by one…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 2:23pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming February 2nd from Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing! The Norseman (1978) • Theatrical Trailer • Optional Engl…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 2:01pm
RT' @LAFilmCritics': Via' @KinoLorber' and' @Indie_Collect', check out a newly restored, full-length version of SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM director Wi…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 2:01pm
RT' @Slant_Magazine': "@KinoLorber's release of Sidney J. Furie’s seminal spy film boasts a strong A/V presentation and an abundance of fasci…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:37pm
In case you missed it, here's the full thread of our conversation about #NATIONTIME with' @ReignOfApril' and…' https://t.co/VRhYVJnHgH'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:33pm
@ReignOfApril We also want to give a special shoutout to Bobby Seale, who was a delegate at the Gary convention and…' https://t.co/decmqPErTC'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:30pm
@ReignOfApril You can learn which virtual cinemas near you are screening #NATIONTIME at' https://t.co/4XsBin1nPa.' We…' https://t.co/iys8Nq2UTQ'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:28pm
RT' @ReignOfApril': Q5. One of the key takeaways from the restored documentary #NATIONTIME and the convention itself was the importance of ha…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:25pm
RT' @ReignOfApril': Q4. Turning to' @Mvmnt4BlkLives' now. You hosted the 2020 Black National Convention this year, which was directly inspired…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com