Film and Q&A
Sunday 28 October, 12.45pm until 1.45pm, Lecture Theatre 1 Lunchtime Debates

WORLDwrite is pleased to present the UK premiere of Corruptababble at the Battle of Ideas. This new film challenges conventional wisdom with extraordinary and strident satire. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the film makers.

CORRUPTION! The allegation trips off the lips of commentators across the board especially in discussion on the poorest parts of the world. Are corrupt greedy regimes and war lords so widespread? Should developing countries be monitored and measured for their application of ‘good governance’ to stem corrupt tendencies? Is poverty the product of third world gangsters, thieving politicians and corporate fraudsters? No, but our obsession with corruption is endemic. So say Brendon and Yolande, two young South Africans who on their first visit to the UK are told by new found work-mates that ‘living in such a corrupt country must be awful.’ The youngsters are appalled and decide to unravel the babble they see as wrong, ridiculous and racist.

Apparently, just because there is little evidence, doesn’t mean a ‘culture of corruption’ isn’t spreading. Even Geldof could ‘feel it out there- the evil’ as he travelled on a UN boat down river through the Congo. The film suggests corruption is the perfect moral panic, a product of political cynicism rather than a global crime wave. Like most moral panics, the obsession and fear do more damage than the thing we are supposed to worry about. The incessant babble about corruption demonises developing countries and justifies so much interference that poor countries hardly have a chance to run their own affairs. The film concludes it is time to trust our fellow man and ditch the corruptababble.


Dr Sadhvi Sharma
researcher and writer on politics in India, development, and NGO campaigns
Viv Regan
managing editor, spiked
Ian Foster
cameraman, WORLDwrite and other international documentaries, including Mine Your Own Business
Ceri Dingle
director, WORLDwrite & WORLDbytes

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