86 minutes – Documentary
Language: English
Release dates: March 16, 2012 (Toronto and Montreal)
March 23 (Vancouver), March 25 (Victoria)
Production company: National Film Board
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media

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 strikingly interweaves these (sometimes surprising) debtor/creditor relationships: two families in a years-long Albanian blood feud; the Guld of Mexico oil spill; 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 – a National Film Board Production – is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject.

Also see: Jennifer Baichwal talks about the making of Payback.

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Ravida Din

Executive Producer:

Ravida Din


Jennifer Baichwal


Jennifer Baichwal


Nicholas de Pencier


Nick Hector C.C.E
Avril Jacobson (Additional editing)


Martin Tielli
Garbriel Morley

Cast: Roles:

Margaret Atwood
Raj Patel
Lousie Arbour
Conrad Black
Karen Armstrong
William Rees
Lucas Benitez
Gerardo Reyes Chavez
Jon Esformes
Casi Calloway
Gjon Biba
Gjergi Lala
Agim Loci
Gjin Marku
Donika Prenaga
Gjin Prenaga
Llesh Prenaga
Lorenco Prenaga
Pashke Prenaga
Ilir Prenga
Petrit Prenga
Zef Sinani
Florence Barran
Paul Mohammed
Francis Dolan
Gregorio Venegas
Eric Schlosser
Rodney Lyons