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Aiming High

Life 4 - Aiming High
In 1986 Uganda was bankrupt - a byword for corruption and economic mismanagement. Six years of civil war in this former British colony in East Africa had followed the ousting of former President Idi Amin and its social and state institutions were near collapse. But today Uganda's economy is widely seen as a success story and over the last ten years the number of Ugandans living in absolute poverty has been cut by half. This edition of Life looks at how Uganda has achieved this remarkable turnaround, and questions whether the country could now be on course to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Bruce, Ashley (film director)
Gawin, Luke (editor of moving image work)
Nsubuga, Michael (translator)
Kyamanya, John (film producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)

Other credits

Series editor, Luke Gawin; music, the Definitive Break; translation, Michael Nsubuga; producer, John Kyamanya.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
Business Practices
Conflict Resolution
Developing World
Global Issues
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations
War and Peace
War and Peace


Uganda, Idi Amin, poverty, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, East Africa, Africa, economy; "Aiming High"; Bullfrog Films