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Helping Ourselves!

Life 4 - Helping Ourselves!
Over the last 25 years India has cut absolute poverty by half. Still 440 million people live on less than a dollar a day. This Life program looks at two projects that are helping Indian communities move out of poverty - in line with the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015 - and that have succeeded in giving previously powerless people some control over their lives. In Karnataka, the IT revolution has allowed farmers to access land deeds vital to obtaining credit with which they can sow next year's harvest. In Andhra Pradesh, women's self-help groups have enabled rural women to change aspects of their lives, and given them a voice in local government.

'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)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Chalk, Sophie (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Tikaram, Ramon (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Sotira Kyriacou; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Business Practices
Developing World
Gender Studies
Local Economies
Millennium Development Goals
Science, Technology, Society
United Nations
Urban Studies
Women's Studies


India, Asian Studies, agriculture, poverty, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, women, economics, technology, IT; "Helping Ourselves!"; Bullfrog Films