"The power of creative documentaries really shows through. The films are able to transcend the complexity of the world by their artistic engagement. This, in turn, makes the stories engaging to us, in all their diversity – much deeper than news or reportages can, I think," says DFI Film Commissioner Klara Grunning-Harris.
"Making a series creates an extraordinary synergy. Watching the films, I was captured by how the stories keep on reflecting on each other. For instance, Alex Gibney's 'Park Avenue' made me see one very important question related to creating poverty: At which point do you stop caring? What defines that very moment when money, wealth, power or whatever takes over and you stop caring about your fellow human beings?"
"For the Danish Film Institute, 'Why Poverty?' is a way to take part in an important global discussion without taking a specific political stand. For us, the outreach of the project is crucial. That you can get people engaged in the "whys" and "hows" and "whos" of this extremely complex issue," Klara Grunning-Harris says.