Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Blue Danube?

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Connecting more than 18 countries in Western Europe, the Danube River is at the heart of a dilemma over shared resources in the growing European Union.

Life 4 - Blue Danube?

The Danube is Western Europe's longest river, running nearly 2800 kilometers from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea. It is the world's most international river connecting 18 countries. The Danube and its tributaries comprise a river basin that covers one-tenth of continental Europe. But with the expansion of the European Union into Eastern Europe, it's at the heart of a very modern dilemma - how to create prosperity through trade and development without destroying the environment. This Life program examines the legacies of communist rule and conflict in the region, and asks what are the consequences when more than one country shares what a river has to offer? It is the story of how the Danube has become a new battleground in the conflict between the EU's transport and agriculture lobbies, and environmentalists fighting to preserve the river's unique ecology.

'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

Orders, Ron (film director)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Kerr, Alistair (editor of moving image work)
Olofson, Sascha (film producer)
Wright, Richard (composer)
Dunbar, Sally (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Alistair Kerr; producer, Sascha Olofson; music, Richard Wright, The Definitive Break.

Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

Ron Orders

Brenda Kelly
Ron Orders
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Western Europe
Marxism and Communism
International Law
Economic Geography
Agriculture and Food
Economic Anthropology

Distributor subjects

European Studies
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations


Danube, Danube River, rivers, Europe, European Union, Eastern Europe, trade, transport, agriculture, river ecology, Millenium Development Goals, MDGs; "Blue Danube?"; Bullfrog Films

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