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Free Money

Directed by Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo
Kenya, USA
77 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Can the concept of a universal basic income work? This timely documentary follows a long-term charitable initiative that offers adults in an impoverished Kenyan village a regular income.
According to GiveDirectly co-founder Michael Faye the NGO system of offering “seeds and bicycles” hasn’t worked, so he’s formulated a plan to redistribute wealth bankrolled by a megadollar donation from Silicon Valley. The rural village of Kogutu is chosen for the 12-year pilot scheme in which $US22 per month is delivered via phone to all over 18. At first there’s a great deal of scepticism amongst the villagers, but as the money starts rolling in, the debate quickly shifts to how the dollars should be spent – and inevitably friction arises. Filmmakers, American Lauren DeFilippo and Kenyan Sam Soko interview locals and organisers over three years, illuminating the realities of this big idea.
A penetrating and absorbing siren of a movie that shouldn’t be ignored.
Robert Daniels, Indiewire
Eye opening... a politically intriguing film.
Nikki Baughan, Screen International


Mon 12 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 18 Jun
Palace Central Cinemas - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
Kenya, USA
In Swahili, Luo and English with English subtitles
Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo
Amanda Pollak, Jordan Fudge, Jeremy Allen, Lauren DeFilippo, Sam Soko
Vanessa Carr, Nyasha Kadandara, Wambui 'Bo' Muigai
Ryan Mullins, Raúl Santos, Mila Aung-Thwin
Australian Premiere
Africa, Documentary, Politics & Economics, Human Rights, Women Directors
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Dogwoof
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