Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  30 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Real Leap Forward

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Reports on China's successful efforts to reduce poverty through sustainable development and targeted programs.

Life 4 - The Real Leap Forward

China is fast becoming one of the world's industrial powerhouses. But hundreds of millions of Chinese still live in poverty, far from the coastal regions generating the new wealth. As elsewhere in the world, the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. The Chinese government is trying to address the problem -- through targeted poverty reduction programs. As Lu Fei Jie, Director General of China's State Council Leading Group on Poverty, sums it up, it is more than just a relief program - 'we do not just supply money. We focus on helping people to improve their capabilities to develop the areas by themselves. To improve their basic living and work conditions. That way they can walk out of poverty forever.' The Real Leap Forward reports on China's efforts to spread the new social benefits beyond the city limits -- and asks how well they're succeeding.

'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

Liu, John D. (film producer)
Liu, John D. (film director)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Kerby, Adam (editor of moving image work)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Adam Kerby, Sotira Kyriacou.

Distributor credits

John D. Liu

John D. Liu
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Marxism and Communism
Government Policy
Rural Studies
Economic Anthropology
Human Geography
Agriculture and Food
Cultural Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Millennium Development Goals
Sustainable Development
United Nations
Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning


China, Asian Studies, poverty, poverty reduction, sustainable development, Millenium Development Goals, MGDs; "The Real Leap Forward"; Bullfrog Films

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