Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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City Life - A Fistful of Rice

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Protein deficiency threatens generations of children in Nepal.

City Life - A Fistful of Rice

malnutritionNine out of every ten children in Nepal suffers from some form of malnutrition. Ironically, it is because malnutrition is so widespread that it is also unnoticed. This is particularly true of protein energy malnutrition, or PEM as it is known -- a condition officially defined as being short and underweight for age, but which, in reality, is a devastating intergenerational cycle of lost potential, both physical and mental.

This program from the City Life series unravels the complex causes and effects of Protein Energy Malnutrition through the stories of people in Nepal who live with it on a daily basis. It also explores ways of changing attitudes towards food and gender.

'Eleven million children under age 5 die worldwide each year from preventable diseases, yet only a few nonfiction films take on child mortality and its solutions...A Fistful of Rice deals with malnutrition in Nepal, which affects nine out of 10 children in the country.' Sojourners Magazine


Main credits

Gabbay, Alex (film director)
Gabbay, Alex (screenwriter)
Haberer, Pierre (editor of moving image work)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Heath, Michael (narrator)

Other credits

Editors, Pierre Haberer, Smita Maldé; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Alex Gabbay

Television Trust for the Environment
Alex Gabbay
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Public Health
Maternal and Child Health
Gender Studies
South Asia
Women's Studies

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Food And Nutrition
Gender Studies
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
Urban Studies
Women's Studies


rice, Nepal, poverty, health, malnutrition, PEM, low birth weight, gender, food; "A Fistful of Rice"; Bullfrog Films

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