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?
Following the broadcast, the series of documentaries is available online for downloading to be used by organisations, schools and anybody wishing to stimulate debate around poverty.
This one-hour documentary is part of a series of documentaries that form part of the Why Poverty? campaign, a cross media event taking place in November 2012. Eight award-winning film makers were asked to produce this series of documentaries about poverty, each one looking at the question: Do we know what poverty is? The series will be broadcast by 70 broadcasters from around the world reaching more than 500 million people via television, radio, internet and live events.