Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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How Green Is My Valley?

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Documents efforts to revitalize the polluted, impoverished communities in the former coal and steel producing valleys of South Wales.

Life 4 - How Green Is My Valley?

The valleys of South Wales once produced much of the coal and steel which powered industrial development in Britain - and worldwide. Today those industries are gone. Their legacy is a polluted pocket of poverty - 180,000 people nestled in the steep-sided windswept valleys of Caerphilly County; where the highest rates for chronic emphysema, cancer, heart disease, asthma, poor housing and sanitation, low birth weight and accidental death combine to mean that people living here suffer the highest mortality rates in Western Europe. There are schemes to regenerate the entire area - health projects, with incentives, working groups, investment and employment strategies - but are these really working and what more can be done to lift this community out of its depression?

'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

Sullivan, Rob (film director)
Sullivan, Rob (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Delahooke, Amber (film producer)
Dunbar, Sally (narrator)

Other credits

Producer, Amber Delahooke.

Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

Brenda Kelly

Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Labor Studies
United Kingdom
Public Health
Government Policy
Economic Geography
Urban Studies
Economic Anthropology
Public Health

Distributor subjects

Business Practices
Environmental Justice
European Studies
Food And Nutrition
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations
Urban Studies


South Wales, ; Wales, England, Europe, UK, United Kingdom, Britain, pollution, poverty, health, mortality, steel, coal, nutrition, industry; "How Green Is My Valley?"; Bullfrog Films

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