Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  23 minutes
Date:  2006
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Cash Flow Fever

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One in ten people on the planet either send or receive money from abroad.

Life 5 - Cash Flow Fever

There have always been economic migrants - people who swap regions, countries, even continents - to find better wages to pay for a better life. One out of every ten people on the planet either sends or receives money from abroad. And unlike all other forms of financial aid that travels into developing countries, remittances go directly to the poor. Worldwide, it's estimated that amounts to a staggering two hundred billion dollars a year.

With the scent of serious money, some banks are getting involved. And that could lead to a reduction in costs, as well as a change in how remittances are transferred. Aiding the flow of money to poor rural areas may be the most important effect in the current transformation of the remittance market. What impact can this have on the fight against poverty? To find out more, Life travels to the United States and El Salvador to uncover this hidden economy.

'The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools for university, and indeed, other classrooms. In succinct episodes they raise and contextualise some of the most critical issues in the world today. These episodes are produced in an extremely objective manner and allow an audience easily to come to grips with an array of complex problems. They ought to be an indispensable part of the teaching curriculum.' Dr. Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University

'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


Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Heer, James (film director)
Heer, James (film producer)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
McCormack, Declan (editor of moving image work)
Myer, Ken (composer)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Briers, Lucy (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Declan McCormack; music, Ken Myer; series consultant, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

James Heer

Television Trust for the Environment
James Heer
Executive Producer: Brenda Kelly
Series Producer: Dick Bower
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Labor Studies
American Studies
Central America
Immigration and Refugees
Economic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
International Relations and Geopolitics

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
International Aid
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Latino and Chicano Studies
Migration and Refugees
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations


money from abroad, economic migrants, better wages, financial aid, developing countries, remittances, banks, remittance market, poverty, El Salvador; "Cash Flow Fever"; Bullfrog Films

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