“Life and Duty” is a documentary film directed by Stephanie Black. The purpose of the film is to draw attention to Jamaica’s current economic and political situation. Moreover, the film raises the current topic of neocolonialism and how it affects the lives of the “third countries”.
Neocolonialist theories are bourgeois and reformist theories that justify the need to preserve countries freed from colonial domination within the framework of the world capitalist system. They appeared after the collapse of the colonial system of imperialism and covered the spheres of economics, politics, social relations, and ideology of developing countries.
Under the slogan of the so-called modernization of developing countries, neo-colonialist theories preach the capitalist path of development and the Western social systems model. They are directed against the socialist orientation and contribute to the formation of a new social pillar of imperialism in the “third world”. The strategic goals of imperialism determine the emergence of neo-colonialist theories.
In form, they are a conglomerate of ideas and doctrines containing the apologetics of imperialist “decolonization” and the current policy of imperialism towards developing countries. The roots of the crime in Jamaica lie in the difficult socio-economic situation of the majority population. High unemployment (from 10 to 15%) and lack of prospects push people to commit crimes.
The situation is particularly difficult in the capital of Jamaica, Kingston. The increase in crime was influenced by the migration of the population from the villages and the formation of a ghetto around the city for immigrants. One of the most important factors determining the state of the Jamaican economy over the past decade has been rampant crime. The director meets with various Jamaican politicians throughout the film to discuss whose fault Jamaica is in such a plight.