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Why do a billion people still live in poverty worldwide, and what can be done to change this? The series Why Poverty? uses documentary film to get people talking about this global problem, its causes, and its solutions.
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Why do a billion people still live in poverty worldwide, and what can be done to change this? Why Poverty? uses documentary film to get people talking about this critical problem, its causes, and its solutions. These eight films are co-productions of ITVS and STEPS International, and are part of a global cross-media project aimed at raising awareness of poverty in America and around the world.
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?
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.
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.
Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have "rigged the game in their favor," and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.
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.
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.
Independent Lens: Solar Mamas
30-year-old Rafea has four children and a husband who is eager to take a third wife. She is a Bedouin woman living in a small Jordanian village close to the desert. With encouragement from the country's Ministry of Environment, she leaves her village for the first time to go to India's Barefoot College to train to become a solar-energy engineer.
"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.