‘FREE MONEY’ is a documentary that chronicles the consequences, both intended and unintended, when everyone in a Kenyan village is offered a universal basic income by a US organization monthly for 12 years.
Five years later, Free Money Documentary filmmakers Lauren DeFilippo and Kenyan Director Sam Soko came together in a theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premier of the documentary.
On how some of the villagers have utilized the Free Money, 18-year-old John Omondi used the money to pay for his miscellaneous costs in Nairobi while attending college while another villager spent the funds to construct a well for the benefit of other villagers; another bought a cow, then other livestock. Yet another person made improvements to their home.
A key skeptic in the film is journalist Larry Madowo, who grew up in a Kenyan village and went on to travel the world as a correspondent for the BBC and CNN. He attended the world premiere of the documentary.
📢 🎥 Some personal news: The WORLD PREMIERE of our documentary ‘Free Money’ was magical! It opened at the Toronto International Film Festival to a sold out theatre, raving reviews and excellent reception.
It follows what happens when an American NGO gives free money every month to everyone in a poor* Kenyan village. It is the world’s largest Universal Basic Income experiment. I’m so grateful to Sam Soko & Lauren DeFilippo for asking me to be a part of itLARRY MADOWO
Are the people in this ‘experiment’ mere ‘Examinees?’ Are they part of an experiment rustled up form a far,
Apart from the advantages to the beneficiaries; does it create a divide between the communities nearby and the beneficiaries;
is it a show of power?
Does it change any perspective on ethics, accountability, giving choices, dignity, plus impact on social-economic transformation?