Why do a billion people still live in poverty worldwide, and what can be done to change this? The series Why Poverty? uses documentary film to get people talking about this critical problem, its causes, and its solutions. These eight films are co-productions of ITVS and STEPS International, and are part of a global cross-media project aimed at raising awareness of poverty in America and around the world.
by Bosse Lindquist
Give Us the Money explores how celebrity is changing the world of humanitarian aid.
by Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat-Hallade
Land Rush looks at how multinational agribusiness is threatening African farmers' ability to feed their communities.
by Alex Gibney
Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his examination of how the gap between rich and poor Americans has become so stark, as illustrated by this famous boulevard in New York City. One building on Park Avenue, in Manhattan, is home to the highest concentration of billionaires in America. Less than five miles down the same street, in the Bronx, is America's poorest congressional district.
by Ben Lewis
Explore the history of grand schemes to eradicate poverty, through a combination of animation, archival material, live action, anecdote, and humor.
by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim
Jordanian wife and mother Rafea is leaving home for the first time — to attend a college in India that is training rural women to become solar energy engineers.
by Christoffer Guldbrandsen
Stealing Africa asks the question: Are multinational corporations bleeding Africa dry?
by Weijun Chen
As China's higher education system becomes more privatized, a new generation of Chinese youth are losing access to it.
by Brian Hill
Welcome to the World asks: Is it worse to be born poor than to die poor?