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Filmmaker Michael Matheson Miller: The Way We Fight Poverty Actually Makes Things Worse


There’s a new documentary about global poverty that’s making a splash wherever it’s shown. Poverty, Inc. is a full-length film that’s played at more than 50 film festivals and 100 universities — including Harvard, MIT, and Cornell. Among other honors, it was recently named best documentary at the International Environmental Film Festival in Paris, and has been endorsed across the political spectrum — from libertarian economists to progressive filmmakers like Michael Moore.

Miller is a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute where he’s been for over 10 years in various capacities. He also directed and produced the Poverty Cure DVD series, a 6-part series for churches, schools and universities that examines questions of poverty from a Christian perspective.

Miller, who is married with six children 13 years old and under (one due any day), has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and lectures internationally on moral philosophy, economic development and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He’s a frequent radio guest and has been published in The Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. Before working for Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua, where he was chair of the philosophy and theology department.

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