Why do one billion people still live in poverty worldwide, and what can be done to change it? That’s the complex question the Why Poverty? series hopes to answer. Presented by ITVS’s Global Perspectives Project in partnership with STEPS International, a Denmark based nonprofit, the Why Poverty? series is a global cross-media project aimed at raising awareness of poverty in America and around the world.
At the center of the project are eight one-hour documentaries by award-winning filmmakers, co-produced by ITVS and STEPS, set to premiere through simultaneous broadcasts on five continents by more than 70 broadcasters during the month of November. Incredible, inspiring, and thought-provoking, the films will generate awareness and highlight possible solutions to ending poverty. ITVS’s Global Perspectives Project will kick-start the global conversation with the PBS premieres of two Independent Lens films: Solar Mamas (November 5), and Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (November 12).
From November 26th - 29th, six films will premiere as part of a special presentation of ITVS’s international documentary series, Global Voices, on the WORLD Channel and online on PBS.org. Funded by a consortium of broadcasters in over 200 countries, including BBC (England) and ARTE (Germany), Why Poverty? will distribute 30 shorts ranging from one to five minutes on the Why Poverty? site and on YouTube. The films will be accompanied by radio, internet, and live events designed to spark global and national debates and an online conversation to get people asking “Why Poverty?” This groundbreaking cross-media event will reach an unprecedented audience of more than 500 million people around.
From our blog
January 17, 2019
Going home can be challenging in many circumstances, but returning home to capture a nearby community in turmoil can add a whole new layer of complexity. Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, directors of ITVS Open Call funded My Country No More, described those challenges and share some insight into capturing the rural community of Trenton, North…
December 11, 2018
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to filmmaker and educator Bill Siegel. Bill first became a part of the ITVS family with his award-winning film The Weather Underground, which he co-directed with Sam Green. It tells the story of former University of Chicago students who showed their outrage at the Vietnam War and racism in America by waging a low-level…
December 3, 2018
Last week the Sundance Institute announced the showcase of independent feature films selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. We are thrilled to share that four of the selections drawn from a record-breaking 14,259 submissions are ITVS co-productions. It's a milestone moment for ITVS. The 2019 festival entries mark 100 ITVS co-productions…