Dutch filmmaker Renzo Martens casts a satiric eye on the economic underclass of the Third World and how they're seen by the rest of the world in this activist documentary. The media in America, Europe and the United Kingdom often covers the widespread poverty that is an unfortunate fact of life in Africa, but the press exposure doesn't appear to do much to alleviate the problem, as those with access to the continent's valuable resources still prefer not to share the wealth. As Martens sees it, the poor are themselves becoming a valuable commodity in Africa, as a small industry has sprouted up to tell the world about their plight. So who "owns" African poverty? How many people benefit from their grim existence? And should we thank the poor for living a miserable life that allows others to feel more noble? Enjoy Poverty was an official selection at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival.
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