Life 4 - The Millennium Goals

'Ours is the very first generation in history that had the possibility and the ability to feed every hungry person on earth,' says Professor Adil Najam. 'We had the technology, we had the food -- we just didn't have the will. And that's where the MDGs come in.'
At the turn of the new millennium, the world looked forward to an end to absolute poverty, avoidable disease, oppression of women and children without education. The United Nations embodied these hopes in a series of eight targets -- the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This introductory program to the series intercuts sequences from China, Bangladesh, Jamaica, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Ethiopia with comment from key academics and activists, to explore the ambition and scope of each of the individual MDGs, and the obstacles to their achievement.

'Perhaps the most striking feature of this documentary is its diverse representations of the eight goals and their corresponding crises throughout Asia and Africa... These representations cement the fact that this condition is a global emergency. Millennium Goals is highly recommended as an outstanding, well organized film outlining the noble pursuits to curtail global poverty... suited for high school audiences or for those who want a brief introduction to the Millennium Development Goals and the barriers to their fulfillments.' Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Educational Media Reviews Online

'This video offers an informative overview of the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and a provocative message: politicians beware! The greatest impediment to each of the MDGs is a dearth of essential political will.' Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Dept of Sociology, Colorado State Univ-Pueblo

'This is a very instructive overview of the eight MDGs. It shows the realities that result from social and environmental injustice...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...Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Bradshaw, Steve (film producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (screenwriter)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Editor, Sotira Kyriacou.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
Asian Studies
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Human Rights
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
Sustainable Development
United Nations
Women's Studies


UN, United Nations, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, poverty, women's rights, reproductive rights, health, education, HIV/AIDS, China, Bangladesh, Jamaica, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Ethiopia, globalization, sustainability; "The Millennium Goals"; Bullfrog Films