Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Life: The Story So Far

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How the globalized world economy affects ordinary people.

Life - Life: The Story So Far

The introduction to a major new series about how the newly globalized world economy is affecting ordinary people across the planet. Although most people today are better fed, clothed and educated than ever before, there's also increasing anxiety about the future, and millions more now live in absolute poverty. The three highest-earning people in the world make more than the world's poorest 40 countries combined.

Five years ago the World Social Summit promised to eradicate poverty altogether, but world leaders who reviewed its progress in June concluded the task has been far rougher than they imagined. This program asks whether the globalized economy is now running out of control, or whether ordinary people can still hope to share in its fabulous wealth.

With contributions from key figures like James Wolfensohn, then president of the World Bank, and opinion formers like Susan George, Robert Reich, Naomi Klein, Francis Fukuyama and Noam Chomsky.

'An insightful tour of the social, political, and economic dimensions of globalization.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado

'An excellent job of exposing students to important concepts like the unequal distribution of wealth, marginalization, exploitation, and legitimization.' Teaching Sociology (Magazine)


Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Bradshaw, Steve (screenwriter)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Thurow, Lester C. (on-screen participant)
George, Susan (on-screen participant)
Wolfensohn, James D. (on-screen participant)
Klein, Naomi (on-screen participant)
Fukuyama, Francis (on-screen participant)
Reich, Robert B. (on-screen participant)
Somavia, Juan (on-screen participant)
Chomsky, Noam (on-screen participant)
Bellamy, Carol (on-screen participant)
Sai, Fred T. (on-screen participant)
Sen, Amartya (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Pierre Haberer; executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Steve Bradshaw

Television Trust for the Environment
Steve Bradshaw
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

International Relations and Geopolitics
Economic Anthropology
Human Rights

Distributor subjects

Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Social Justice
United Nations


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