"Ours is the very first generation in history that had the possibility and the ability to feed every hungry person on earth," says Professor Adil Najam. "We had the technology, we had the food -- we just didn't have the will. And that's where the MDGs come in."
"Highly recommended as an outstanding, well organized film outlining the noble pursuits to curtail global poverty." Educational Media Reviews Online
At the turn of the new millennium, the world looked forward to an end to absolute poverty, avoidable disease, oppression of women and children without education. The United Nations embodied these hopes in a series of eight targets -- the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This introductory program to the series intercuts sequences from China, Bangladesh, Jamaica, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Ethiopia with comment from key academics and activists, to explore the ambition and scope of each of the individual MDGs, and the obstacles to their achievement.
The other titles in the series are:
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: 1-59458-198-3
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-197-5
"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
"This video offers an informative overview of the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and a provocative message: politicians beware! The greatest impediment to each of the MDGs is a dearth of essential political will."
Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Dept of Sociology, Colorado State Univ-Pueblo
"This is a very instructive overview of the eight MDGs. It shows the realities that result from social and environmental injustice...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...Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat."
Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter