Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

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Director:
Holly Mosher
Released:
2010
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What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus' extraordinary humanitarian work, which started by lending $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket and has now grown to helping 1 out of every 1,000 people on earth. But he didn't stop there - whenever he sees a problem he starts a business, creating a mix between business and social work, which he's coined a social business. By tackling some of the world's most vexing problems from healthcare, education, to alternative energy, he is demonstrating to the world that complex problems sometimes do have simple answers.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    By making the movie as much about the women as Yunus and his theories, the filmmaker brings a sense of balance to Bonsai People that would have been easy to lose given the internat...

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The result is a movie that feels more like a free-market sales pitch than like a critical look at one weapon in the poverty-fighting arsenal that may or may not offer long-term hope.

  • 40

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Unfortunately, the documentary's impact is mitigated the benefactor's constant presence and paternalistic, infomercial-like exposition.

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