Like the eight documentaries in the international "Why Poverty?" project, a series of shorts investigate questions about why, after more than half a century of aid, so many people are still living in poverty and suffering from inequality. Though tackling complex issues, the films all present moving, subtle and thought-provoking stories.
The films are all made by new and emerging talents from around the world.
Available on WhyPoverty.net and YouTube:
Kenya: can you feed a family out of bag?
Love and Rubbish
Russia: if you live in poverty, can you afford to dream?
Uruguay: can microfinance fix a 15th birthday?
Wilbur Goes Poor: Episode 01
India: is this it?
Wilbur Goes Poor: Episode 02
India: caste - a cause of poverty and discrimination?
Wilbur Goes Poor: Episode 03
India: how do YOU deal with poverty?
God is Rain
Kenya: what happens when the water runs out?
In Your Hands
Colombia: surrounded by violence, what do you do?
Poop on Poverty
India: great photo opportunity or harsh reality?
Town and Country
China: is the grass always greener?
Colours In The Dust
Haiti: can a boy paint his way out of poverty?
Afghanistan: Teacher? Engineer? Shepherd?
Global: why can't we feed the world?
Uganda: who benefits from charity?
Spain: who are the new poor?
Bolivia: what do you have in your heart?
Voices: South Africa
South Africa: what keeps you going?
India: digging to the other end of the world?
India: worst job in the world?
Malaysia: the cost of tourism?
Venezuela: sink or swim?
Behind Why Poverty? is the non-profit organisation Steps who also ran the project Why Democracy?. Partners and broadcasters from around the world include:
Bernard van Leer Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Danida: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Danish Film Institute
Danish Ministry of Education
Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
PPR Foundation for Women's Dignity and Rights
Sundance Film Program & Skoll Foundation
Swedish Film Institute
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Televisión América Latina
The Bertha Foundation
The Open University
World View Broadcast Media Scheme