Habilito: Debt of Life # 205

Habilito: Debt of Life (Habilito: Deuda por Vida)

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Chuck Sturtevant, Daniela Ricco Quiroga
  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Country of Production: Bolivia
  • Location: Bolivia
  • Ethnic Group: Mosetenes
  • Language: Spanish (English)


Debt plays a significant role in reproducing unequal conditions in economic systems throughout the world, from trading of mortgage-backed securities on Wall Street to debt peonage systems in the most peripheral areas. This film explores a system of debt peonage in the Bolivian Amazon – known locally as “habilito” – and the extraction of precious hardwoods from the Mosetén indigenous lands.

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