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Life 5 Series
The Silent Crisis

The Central African Republic struggles to avoid economic and social chaos.


A printer-friendly version of this page 26 minutes
Directed by Amanda Felton
Produced by Television Trust for the Environment
Executive Producer: Brenda Kelly
Series Producer: Dick Bower
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards



The Central African Republic is Africa's forgotten country. A landlocked former French colony of just under four million people, the country is struggling to avoid economic and social chaos. The Central African Republic is one of the least developed countries: few people there live beyond 40, 13 percent of children die in infancy and only a third of the population has access to safe drinking water. There is just one hospital bed for every one thousand people and one nurse to every 8,000 people.

Many of the CAR's problems could be solved by money. But appeals for aid have fallen largely on deaf ears. Only a handful of aid agencies continue to work there, and the amount of aid it gets is pitiful compared to other sub-Saharan countries. In 2003, it received just $12.9 USD per person. Life interviewed the President, François Bozizé, who confirms that health is the country's top priority. Bozizé has pledged to restore the country's national unity and security, but foreign governments have been slow to respond to his repeated requests for assistance and support.

The other titles in the series are:

1. Roma Rights - Breaking the cycle of Roma poverty and persecution.

2. School's Out! - Is the private school option better in a Lagos shantytown?

3. Srebrenica - Looking For Justice - Examines the massacre at Srebrenica on its 10th anniversary.

4. Killing Poverty - Has the corruption in Kenya lessened under its new president?

5. The Great Health Service Swindle - Reversing the brain drain in doctors and nurses from developing countries.

6. The Donor Circus - Zambia tries to change the conditions for international aid.

7. For Richer, For Poorer - In Brazil the gulf between the rich and the poor is one of the biggest in the world.

8. Kill Or Cure? - India's $4.5 billion dollar pharmaceutical industry that serves the world's poor is at a crossroads.

10. Cash Flow Fever - One in ten people on the planet either send or receive money from abroad.

11. Back In Business? - After 11 years of civil war, can Sierra Leone expect tourism to improve the economy?.

12. Kosovo - A House Still Divided? - Resentment and property ownership issues remain as the UN Housing Property Directorate Mission ends.

13. Trouble In Paradise - Local inhabitants of the Maldives wait for promised tsunami aid.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006     Copyright Date: 2005
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-593-8     VHS ISBN: 1-59458-592-X




Reviews
"The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools for university, and indeed, other classrooms. In succinct episodes they raise and contextualise some of the most critical issues in the world today. These episodes are produced in an extremely objective manner and allow an audience easily to come to grips with an array of complex problems. They ought to be an indispensable part of the teaching curriculum."
Dr. Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University



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The Silent Crisis


"The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools." Dr Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University


Links
www.tve.org (The producer's web site)
www.tve.org/lifeonline/index.cfm?aid=1764 (Producer's resources)


Subjects
African Studies
Anthropology
Developing World
Geography
Globalization
Health
Human Rights
Humanities
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Poverty
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations


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"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


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