Hell to Pay

A film by Alexandra Anderson and Anne Cottringer

England | 1988 | 52 minutes | Color | DVD | Subtitled | Order No. 99117


A moving and politically sophisticated analysis of the international debt situation through the eyes of the women of Bolivia, the poorest country in Latin America. Although most directly affected by government austerity programs, peasant women are assumed not to understand the workings of international capital and foreign policy. HELL TO PAY poignantly contradicts such assumptions as teachers, textile workers and miners’ wives speak vividly and with great comprehension of the causes of the debt crisis and the burden they are forced to bear.


“An unqualified gem. It tackles the complex issue of the inter-national debt and makes it not only understandable, but very real….The video is powerful and its effects linger on after it ends.”

Laurien Alexandre Global Pages


Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra Anderson has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America, and Canada, where she is involved in projects with the National Film Board of Canada and teaches at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Anderson has 18 years of professional experience in the film and television industry as a researcher, editor, and director/producer. Her documentaries, largely made for British television, have been seen around the world and have won awards in both Europe and Canada. (07/09)

Anne Cottringer

Author and filmmaker Anne Cottringer was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario before moving to London, where she studied at both the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal College of Art. Cottringer then began work as a freelance cinematographer and director of film and television, traveling extensively to make documentaries for British television in Africa, South America, India, and throughout Europe. She continues to work in the film industry. though after the birth of her first son, her focus has shifted to writing. She has gained success as the author of several children’s books, including Ella and the Naughty Lion, Danny and the Great White Bear, and Bruna. Her first children’s novel, Singing It, was short listed for the Young Minds Book Award 2008. She lives in Hereford, England and continues to write between freelance jobs. (07/09)


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