About This Collection
During the final days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, the Civil Right Movement's leader's focus was on fighting poverty, laying the groundwork for the next social revolution - the struggle against economic inequality. Fast-forward to 2014 and the struggle continues, in earnest, in a myriad of ways. As the nation turns its attention to honor this American hero, WORLD Channel looks to showcase the many stories of the fight for economic equality, and how the changing economics of the U.S. and the world affect the social structures of how we live. Featured programming will include the season six premiere of AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange and four new films from America ReFramed.
Episodes In This Collection
74 Square Meters
In Valparaiso, Chile, Iselsa, Kathy, Iván, and 150 marginalized families are chosen to participate in a social experiment, moving them next to middle-class neighbors who regard them as delinquents. 74 Square Meters explores what happens when two worlds intersect and the difficulties in reaching one's dreams.
Give Us the Money
Can celebrity be a force for positive change? Go behind the scenes of the global campaigns associated with rock stars, including Bono’s Drop the Debt and Bob Geldof’s Make Poverty History, and investigate the unprecedented successes, challenges and legacies of these campaigns.
"We are wealthy yet we are poor." In an age of global trade, corporations motivated by maximizing profit often end up working against the interests of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Stealing Africa investigates reports of widespread criminality by well-known multinational companies operating in Africa.
Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty
For the whole of modern civilization, humans have attempted and failed to eradicate poverty. What can we learn from generations of failed efforts? Poor Us looks at mankind’s periodic efforts to alleviate poverty with the hope that we will get a better sense of how to move forward.
Where Heaven Meets Hell
Nearly 500 sulfur miners work in Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in Indonesia. Where Heaven Meets Hell follows four miners searching for meaning in their struggles and triumphs. It is a study of endurance, and the power of faith, love and family through desperate times; a portrait of endemic poverty and the costs of modernity on unprotected laborers.
With the rise of mono-culture farming and globalized food production, the landscape of Africa is shifting and threatening its ability to feed itself. In Mali, an American plan for a vast sugar cane operation on the banks of the Niger River threatens small-scale native rice farmers who have fed their communities for generations.
In China, education is considered the only way out of poverty. But as the nation’s higher education system largely being privatized by for-profit companies, college is less accessible to Chinese youth than ever before, and without it, often shutting them out of well-paid employment opportunities. What will it mean for China and its future generations?
Welcome to the World
How much is a child’s fate determined by the circumstances and location of its birth? Accepted wisdom has it that much of what happens within 24 hours of a child’s birth dictates that child’s chances of survival and likelihood of health and ability to thrive. Welcome to the World documents births around the world and attempts to test the hypothesis.
Economic Freedom In Action: Changing Lives
From Zambia to South Korea and from Slovakia to Chile, Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives travels the globe to show how inspiring entrepreneurs are improving their lives and communities with the help of economic freedom.
To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks On America
The inspiring story of one man’s idea, a new kind of bank, and the millions of lives it changed. To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks On America follows Prof. Yunus as he brings his revolutionary and successful microfinance program to the U.S. and its first women borrowers.
American Dreams Deferred
William Caballero juggles loyalty to his family with the challenges of breaking the cycle that has kept many of his relatives from reaching their "American dream." The grad student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family to examine the clash with U.S. culture, challenges like immigration and health care as well as the quest for his dreams.
Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC
Pick-up basketball is not just a sport but a way of life. Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "mecca" of the sport.
My Brooklyn and Fate of a Salesman
From Brooklyn, NY to Washington, D.C., urban neighborhoods are "improving" but at what cost to those who live and work there? My Brooklyn and Fate of a Salesman illustrate the challenges of displacement, loss of identity, and a questionable future for the people and small businesses faced with gentrification in their communities.
Set in era of America’s post-industrialization, during which many factories had been exported overseas, Downeast focuses on entrepreneur Antonio Bussone's efforts to build and operate one of the first U.S. lobster factories in the rural Maine village of Prospect Harbor.
Frontline: The Retirement Gamble
Will your IRA or 401(k) accounts ensure a safe retirement? On FRONTLINE, an investigation into how America's financial institutions protect our savings. The Retirement Gamble questions who has the consumer's best interests in mind and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The story of the profound ways that some American cities changed for the worse following World War II is told through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
Independent Lens: Detropia
There was a time when Detroit was heralded as the birthplace of the middle-class and where anyone who worked hard enough would achieve the “American dream.” Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. Detropia tells the story of the residents who refuse to abandon hope, and the people trying to create a radically new city for the postindustrial age.