Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Road from Rio

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Questions the relevance and success of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Life 3 - The Road from Rio

Alexandra is a poor suburb of Johannesburg, but it's within sight of the prestigious Sandton Convention Centre. The venue was the home for what was billed as the most important international conference of this century: the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which opened on 26 August 2002.

In THE ROAD FROM RIO, life in Johannesburg is seen through the eyes of Nankie, a DJ on the community radio station Alex FM. She's excited by the prospect of delegations from around the world flying in to her hometown to debate the world's environmental problems and new ways to create a global society without the class divisions that have continued to widen, leaving the power and wealth in the hands of a covetous few.

The 'Jo'burg Summit' took place 10 years after the Rio Earth Summit, and a full 30 years after the first international conference on the human environment, which convened in Stockholm in 1972. But as world leaders prepared for the meeting, hard questions were being raised. What could the conference really hope to achieve? And why - when governments have failed to deliver on so many of the promises they made at Rio - should the world believe they'd be any more sincere this time around?

With the support of the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; the Directorate General for the Environment; and the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Bradshaw, Steve (screenwriter)
Matabane, Khalo (film director)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Collonge, Cécile (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Series editor, Jenny Richards; editor, Cécile Collonge.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Steve Bradshaw/Khalo Matabane

Television Trust for the Environment
Steve Bradshaw/Khalo Matabane
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Post-production Producer:
Ron Orders
Written by: Steve Bradshaw

Docuseek2 subjects

South Africa
International Relations and Geopolitics
Anthropology and Archaeology
International Law
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Developing World
International Studies
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development
United Nations


World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, Alexandra, Nankie, Alex FM, Rio Earth Summit, Stockholm 1972, sustainability; "The Road from Rio"; Bullfrog Films

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