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A Series of 27 Programs
Life 4

A 27-part series about global efforts to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.


A printer-friendly version of this page 676 minutes
Produced by Television Trust for the Environment
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards
Series Producers: Luke Gawin, Dick Bower
Executive Producer: Brenda Kelly
Produced with support from: The European Commission, The Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN Population Fund, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, The World Bank, United Nations Department of Public Information, BBC World



SPECIAL OFFER: A special offer is available for six or more of any of the 'Life' Series titles. checklist.

New! An interactive version of our printed LIFE brochures, featuring a detailed global map and clickable hyperlinks that will take you to the catalog page for each program. View or download the map here.

In September 2000 world leaders attending the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York took stock of the gross inequalities in human development worldwide, and declared "their collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level." They set out a series of eight goals for halving extreme poverty in the world by 2015, to be known as the Millennium Development Goals.

TVE's new series of Life explores what the goals are, why they matter -- and what now are the prospects for achieving them by 2015, in the current geo-political climate and a post 9/11 world.

NOTE: Six more series of LIFE programs are now available.

The titles in this series are:

1. The Millennium Development Goals: Dream or Reality - Explores the ambition and scope of the UN's Millennium Development Goals, and the obstacles to their achievement.

2. The Real Leap Forward: Scaling Up Poverty Reduction in China - Reports on China's successful efforts to reduce poverty through development and targeted programs.

3. Listen to the Kids! - A Unicef intitiative involves children in decisions that affect their own futures, their families and communities.

4. Helping Ourselves! - In India, two community projects help people move out of poverty and gain control of their lives.

5. Reaching Out to the Grassroots - Education and community-driven development combat poverty in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

6. Staying Alive! - Poverty combined with lack of education and health services affect maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh.

7. When the Cows Come Home - Despite the success of the "Jamaica Hope" milk cow, Jamaica's dairy industry is facing a crisis, as EU trade undercuts island production.

8. The Coffee-Go-Round - Many coffee-producing countries like Ethiopia are facing economic disaster even as the demand for coffee increases world-wide.

9. Aiming High - Focuses on Uganda's successful economic recovery in the wake of Idi Amin's regime.

10. Whose Agenda Is It Anyway? - To fulfill the Millennium Development Goals, many poor countries are now implementing "Poverty Reduction Strategy Programs".

11. Geraldo's Brazil - Five years later, Life rejoins a Brazilian factory worker affected by the globalized economy.

12. Yemeni Futures - More than a decade after its unification, Yemen is still struggling to improve the standard of living.

13. Crisis Control: Stemming the Spread of HIV/AIDS - Ukraine's emerging HIV epidemic is contrasted with Africa's longstanding HIV/AIDS catastrophe.

14. Educating Yaprak Turkey's ambitious campaign to reduce poverty includes convincing reluctant parents to send their daughters to school.

15. Brazil's Land Revolution In the state of Bahia, a new initiative encourages the landless to band together to buy up land -- with low-interest government loans.

16. How Green Is My Valley? Documents efforts to revitalize the polluted, impoverished communities in the former coal and steel producing valleys of South Wales.

17. Warming Up in Mongolia Unless sustainable alternatives are introduced, Mongolia's dependence on fossil fuels and rapid urbanization threatens the environment.

18. This Hard Ground: Remembering the Displaced Civil war leads to the internal displacement of millions in Sri Lanka.

19. Blue Danube? Connecting more than 18 countries in Western Europe, the Danube River is at the heart of a dilemma over shared resources in the growing European Union.

20. Between War and Peace The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia encourages combatants to turn in their weapons and wage peace.

21. Reel to Real: Balancing Acts Explores the international movement for women's rights.

22. Reel to Real: Holding Our Ground International efforts to assure reproductive health and rights conflict with cultural realities in the Philippines, Latvia, Japan, and India.

23. Return to Srebrenica Survivors of the massacre in Srebrenica struggle to heal their community and build a new future.

24. In The Wake of War A burgeoning grassroots peace movement in Burundi is aimed at ending civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus.

25. Returning Dreams In the aftermath of Liberia's civil war children are fighting to reclaim their futures and return home.

26. The Hospice Workers at the Mother of Mercy hospice in Zambia provide palliative care for those afflicted with AIDS.

27. Slum Futures The slums of Mumbai are an important microcosm of how slums are developing around the world.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2005     Copyright Date: 2004
DVD ISBN: 1-59459-168-1     VHS ISBN: 1-59458-167-3




Reviews
"Perhaps the most striking feature of this documentary is its diverse representations of the eight goals and their corresponding crises throughout Asia and Africa... These representations cement the fact that this condition is a global emergency. Millennium Goals is highly recommended as an outstanding, well organized film outlining the noble pursuits to curtail global poverty... suited for high school audiences or for those who want a brief introduction to the Millennium Development Goals and the barriers to their fulfillments."
Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Educational Media Reviews Online



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Life 4




Links
www.tve.org (The producer's web site)
www.tve.org/lifeonline/archive.cfm (Producer's resources)


Subjects
Activism
African Studies
Agriculture
Anthropology
Asian Studies
At-risk Youth
Brazil
Business Practices
Central America/The Caribbean
China
Climate Change/Global Warming
Community
Death And Dying
Developing World
Economics
Education
Environment
Europe
European Studies
Fair Trade
Food And Nutrition
Geography
Global Issues
Globalization
HIV/AIDS
Health
Human Rights
Humanities
Hunger
Immigration
India
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Local Economies
Middle Eastern Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Population
Poverty
Reproductive Rights
Russian/Slavic Studies
Science
Technology
Society

Social Justice
Sociology
Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Development
United Nations
Urban and Regional Planning
War and Peace
Water
Women's Studies


Related Titles

Life 6
An 11-part series about the effects of globalization on people around the world, and the difficult choices they face as their countries struggle to meet the UN's MDGs.

Life 5
A new 13-part series about globalization and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Life
30-part series that looks at the effect of globalization on individuals and communities around the world.

City Life
22-part series examining the effect of globalization on people and cities worldwide.

Life 3
A 12-part series about Globalization and its effect on ordinary people and communities around the world.

Early Life
How irrevocably are we shaped by the first few years of our lives? Early Life explores the arguments through the stories of young children and their families in four different continents.

The Ecological Footprint
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel introduces the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth.

... more Reviews


"This series is a must for all libraries and is highly recommended for African, Asian, Health, and International Studies students."
Monique Threatt, Indiana University, Herman B. Wells Library, Educational Media Reviews Online

"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

"Seeing is Believing: Documentary films put human faces on the Millennium Development Goals...Offer intriguing snapshots of the problems that inspired the goals and compelling solutions that could help make the MDGs more urgent and accessible to a broad audience."
Sojourners Magazine




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