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Why Poverty? Films and Discussion Guide

Publication Date
Year: 
2012

The Why Poverty? documentary film series is comprised of eight one-hour films and thirty-four shorts originating from 28 different countries, which are designed to get people thinking and talking about poverty. "It has been said that, in this century, we have the tools and potential to overcome extreme poverty. But poverty persists, and the gap between the poor and the wealthy continues to widen. The demographics of poverty are also changing, with new poverty emerging in the North and new wealth emerging in the previously poorer South.

Publisher: 
Cost: 
Free to download.
Languages: 

Film are available to download in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.

Number of Pages: 

103 pages (Facilitator's Guide)

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Why Poverty? website on November 18 2014.


Solar Mamas - Are women better at getting out of poverty than men?

Length: 
60 minutes
Year of Production: 
September 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


Solar Mamas is a film about the heroic efforts of one woman as she overcomes significant difficulties to become a solar engineer. The film follows Rafea, the second wife of a Bedouin, who wants a better life for herself and her children. The Barefoot College takes uneducated middle-aged women from poor communities around the world and trains them to become solar engineers to create power and jobs in their communities.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim
Producer: 
Mette Heide
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Plus Pictures

Education Education

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
October 18, 2012
Languages: 
Chinese with English subtitles


In China, where an education was once valued and thought to be a way out of poverty, it is now questionable as a route to economic security. The new economics of China has challenged many traditions, including the benefits of entering a university. While it is characterised as opening doors, particularly for the rural population base to enter an urban world, it is also reordering the thinking about the value of education and causing a generation to wonder if hard work and further study will lead them out of poverty or deepen their economic woes.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Weijun Chen
Producer: 
Don Edkins
Genre: 
Documentary
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Steps International

Stealing Africa - How much profit is fair?

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
September 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


Stealing Africa describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa. The film looks at Rüschlikon, a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident - Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the third largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Christoffer Guldbrandsen
Producer: 
Henrik Veileborg
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Guld­brandsen Film

Give Us the Money

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
September 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


In Give Us The Money, Bob Geldof, Bono and fellow activist Bill Gates speak candidly about the lobbying, strategising and back room deals involved in their near 30 years of activism against poverty and the valuable political currency of celebrity. The film explores whether their concerts and campaigns have really lifted millions out of poverty. It also asks the question: is celebrity politics the right way of combating world poverty and should international celebrities be the spokespeople for Africa’s poor.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Bosse Lindquist
Producer: 
David Herdies
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Momento Film

Land Rush: How do you feed the world?

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
September 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


Land Rush asks the question: How do you feed the world? In 2008 the world’s food system began to fall apart. Threatened with hunger, rich countries started buying up and leasing fertile tracks of the developing world. With 60% of all arable land in Africa, large agribusiness started to move in, often forcing out traditional, subsistence farmers.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat
Producer: 
Eli Cane
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Normal Life Pictures

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
August 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream asks the question: how much inequality is too much? In New York, 740 Park Ave is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. 10 minutes to the north, over the Harlem River, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US – many Americans now think the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians on Capitol Hill.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Alex Gibney
Producer: 
Blair Foster
Genre: 
Documentary
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Jigsaw Productions

Welcome to the World - Is it better to be born poor or die poor?

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
August 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


Welcome to the World looks at the fact that every year 130 million babies are born, but their chances in life depend on the lottery of where, how and to whom they are born. The film assesses the prospects of new arrivals in Cambodia, Sierra Leone and the USA. In Cambodia, one is likely to be born to a family living on less than $1/day. In Sierra Leone, chances of surviving the first year are half those of the worldwide average. In the US, a new baby could well be one more of 1.6 million homeless children now living in the streets.

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Brian Hill
Producer: 
Rachel Tierney
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Century Films

Poor Us: An Animated History

Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
August 1, 2012
Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)


Poor Us: An Animated History begins in the Neolithic Age and takes the viewer through the changing world of poverty. It is a sinister and at times amusing animated odyssey through time, reviewing human need from hunter-gatherer food insecurity through to today's capitalist meltdown. It asked qestions like: Is poverty inevitable? Is it the 'engine of the system' keeping the rich, rich? Is the notion of charity, preached by all the world's religions, the only relief? It is native to all civilizations, and if not, how do they eventually succumb?

TECHNICAL SPECS
Director: 
Ben Lewis
Producer: 
Femke Volting
Genre: 
Documentary
PRODUCTION COMPANY CREDITS
Production Company: 
Subma­rine Pictures
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The Why Poverty? documentary film series is comprised of eight one-hour films and thirty-four shorts originating from 28 different countries, which are designed to get people thinking and talking about poverty. "It has been said that, in this century, we have the tools and potential to overcome extreme poverty. But poverty persists, and the gap...