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Film: “The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Central Square Branch Library • 45 Pearl St. • Cambridge


Naomi Klein: The Battle for Paradise
Since the hurricane, disaster capitalists are busy building luxury hotels and working to privatize utilities and schools.     A people’s recovery is also underway, expanding renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and community schools.    Who will win?   What role might mainlanders play?

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Puerto Ricans almost immediately began worrying about disaster capitalists swooping in to buy up beleaguered public utilities and damaged beachfront property on the cheap.

Naomi Klein visits Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria to see how the government and investors are taking advantage of the disaster — and how teachers, farmers, community organizers and others are working towards their own vision of the future of the island.

The post-Hurricane Maria recovery is seized by one overarching question: Who is Puerto Rico for: islanders or wealthy outsiders?

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