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

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Length: 
60 min
Year of Production: 
August 1, 2012


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. The film maker travels to meet the women struggling to nurture, the clinics teaching feeding and nutrition through song, and the surgeons fighting to save mothers and babies.

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.

THE DOCUMENTARIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS AND WATCH THE FULL "WELCOME TO THE WORLD" DOCUMENTARY ONLINE.

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, with each documentary looking at a different aspect of poverty. 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.

Languages: 
English (with dubbing and subtitles in other languages for global broadcast)
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Director: 
Brian Hill
Producer: 
Rachel Tierney
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Production Company: 
Century Films
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