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Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics

(Who’s Counting)

Year: 1995
Language: English and French
Runtime: 94 min
Director: Terre Nash
Producer: Kent Martin
Executive Producer: Colin Neale
Cinematographer: Susan Trow
Editor: Terre Nash
Sound: Diane Carrière
Music: Lance Neveu, Penny Lang, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Jason Lang
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

Marilyn Waring, the youngest woman to be elected to the New Zealand parliament, left politics to begin an exhaustive study of the role of women in economics. The result was the scathing and important book If Women Counted. Similar in format to director Terre Nash’s previous film (the Academy Award®-winning If You Love This Planet),this compelling and important documentary is essentially a reportage of Waring’s public lectures. An engaging performer with the flair of a stand-up comic, Waring is passionate in delivering her dual thesis: that the unacknowledged value of women’s work hides an exploitation of women and children worldwide, and that because the ecosystem is not factored in to economic growth, environmental degradation accelerates. She points out that the international arms trade is the world’s biggest growth industry, yet the amount of money spent on armaments in just two weeks could provide safe water for the entire world.

Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics received the Gold Apple from the National Educational Media Network in the United States and a Genie Award nomination for Best Feature Documetnary.

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