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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Yemeni Futures

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More than a decade after its unification, Yemen is still struggling to improve the standard of living.

Life 4 - Yemeni Futures

In 1990 Yemen became a single country, with the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic in the North and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in the South. It was hailed as a move that would bring prosperity to the country. Forty-two percent of the population live in poverty. Only a quarter of the people live in cities and outside the urban areas population density is low. This makes it difficult to provide healthcare, education and basic infrastructure. This Life program asks what is being done to address the fundamental needs of the Yemeni people, and whether anything has been achieved since the unification in 1990 to raise the quality of their lives.

'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)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Atkins, Rachel (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Sotira Kyriacou.

Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

Ashley Bruce

Brenda Kelly
Ashley Bruce
Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Middle East and North Africa
Human Rights
Cultural Anthropology
Human Geography
Economic Geography
Public Health
Middle Eastern History
Middle East Studies

Distributor subjects

Developing World
Islamic Studies
Middle East
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations


Yemen, Middle East, Arab, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, poverty, Sustainable Development; "Yemeni Futures"; Bullfrog Films

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