A Dollar A Day

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A Dollar A Day

Six-part international television series of 50 minutes programs

While many people recognize that surviving on a dollar a day is a struggle, very few understand the nature of poverty.
In addition poor people are often not recognized for the creativity and resourcefulness they possess.
These programs show that while poor people may lack money, education, security or healthcare, they do not lack creative and courageous initiatives, knowledge and willpower.
The series revolves around themes of “Access”.
– Access to Capital, Access to Healthcare, Access to Basic Needs, Access to Markets , Access to Jobs, and Access to Good Governance.

This poignant international television series provides real insight into the complex nature of poverty, portraying people living under the poverty line.
It shows that poverty isn’t simply a numbers game. It’s about brave individual men and women enduring unimaginable obstacles while struggling to fulfill their most basic human rights.

The main characters in the series are people like Maria Cabana in Bolivia, Kurshida Bano in India, Bulewla Sima in South Africa, Sédou Dembele in Mali, Li Jieli in China and Redjo Seferovic in Bosnia.
It is their stories and the stories of their husbands, wives, and children. Each represents one of the 1.2 billion people in the world living on less that a dollar a day.
They live in rural villages and in urban shanty towns, and all are typical: they have few belongings, limited education, little access to jobs or capital, and are ruled by heavily indebted governments that
lack the capacity or effective plans to help their poorest citizens.

Locations: South Africa, China, USA, Bolivia, Mali, India and Bosnia 2005
Themes: Complex and urgent poverty issues, Personal stories of struggle and determination.
• A Dollar a Day” is broadcast in The Netherlands, India, USA, Japan, Canada, Sweden, Middle East, Africa, Belgium, Greece ea.
• Film festival China (Guangzhou); World Social Forum Nairobi 2007 Slum Cinema screenings.
• Distributed by Off The Fence and World Bank.
Outreach campaign and website by the Center of Global Development Washington with this series!
ThiemeMeulenhoff Publishers educational program for high schools GEO method with this series.

Made in China

Made In China (China and USA) With a good sense of humor nurse Wayne Petersen scans the labels at Wallmart; "Made in China"? No thanks! The production jobs this ex-miner sees disappearing to China stand

The New Silver

The New Silver (Bolivia) Filmed against the background of a popular revolt called the ‘Gas War”, this film shows how the lack of access to capital is a heavy chain hanging around the necks of

Bombay Jungle

Bombay Jungle (India) Bombay is a place for work, opportunities and dreams. People come to work in the city and earn their living which they cannot earn back in their villages. But nothing is free

The Strongest Link

The Strongest Link (South Africa) Filmed in the shanty towns of South Africa, this film shows how access to healthcare can make a real difference in the future of a family and a community. Community

The Price Of Cotton

The Price Of Cotton (Mali and USA) This film portrays cotton farmers Abrahim Coulibaly from West-Africa and James Machan and his family from Texas are in competition with each other on the world market. Gradually the

The Tunnel And Other Lies

The Tunnel And Other Lies  (Bosnia) In after war Bosnia to be in the right does not mean getting your right, that's a matter of long-windedness. Amidst the rubble of post-war Bosnia Omer Bjelonja's family