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Bangladesh/U.S.A., 2009, 83 mins, Color


Director: Gayle Ferraro
Executive Producers: Jim Butterworth, Vidar Jorgensen
Producers: Daniel J. Chalfen, Keiko Deguchi, Gayle Ferraro
Cinematographer: Bill Megalos
Editor: Keiko Deguchi
Composer: Claudio Ragazzi

What prevents poor people from getting ahead? Banks refuse to give credit without collateral. Where commercial banks see insolvency, Nobel Prize-winning economist Muhammad Yunus sees opportunity. His groundbreaking Grameen Bank was built on the radical notion that if you loan poor women money within the context of peer support, not only will they repay and sustain the bank, but they'll elevate their communities in the process. With millions of microloans to rural entrepreneurs in developing countries, Grameen is now audaciously importing its methods to the bastion of first-world capitalism: the U.S.A. First stop: Queens, New York. With an intimate camera capturing both buoyant and despairing moments, To Catch a Dollar chronicles the evolution of the tiny new branch. Will the solidarity principles translate to a diverse group of inner-city women? As the banking industry collapses, will these intrepid social-justice financiers succeed? One thing's clear: we need new models to ensure prosperity for all.
    --Courtesy of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Gayle Ferraro
For Gayle Ferraro, filmmaking is her medium, but her true passion lies in human rights. With masters degrees from Harvard University in public administration, and Boston University in mass communication, Ferarro pursued a degree in human rights law at Oxford University, before beginning her film career. Her first film, Sixteen Decisions, in 2000, took her to Bangladesh where she told the story of a young woman trying to pull herself and her family from poverty through a loan from Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank. Her second film, Anonymously Yours, followed four girls in Burma involved in sex trafficking. Her third film, found her in India, exploring the dying holy city of Varansi in Ganges: River to the Heaven. Ferraro’s latest film, To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America, returns to the subject of her first film, Sixteen Decisions, by bringing Grameen Bank to Queens to help American women stuck in poverty.

          NO GOOD REASON
U.S.A., 2009, 12 mins, Color


Director: Michael Mierendorf

Natalie Merchant (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs) has less than three days to arrange and record a song written and performed by musicians who have experienced homelessness.

06/12/10 07:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
06/13/10 09:00 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street


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