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Life Series
Life: The Story So Far

How the globalized world economy affects ordinary people.


A printer-friendly version of this page 24 minutes
Directed by Steve Bradshaw
Produced by Television Trust for the Environment
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin





"An insightful tour of the social, political, and economic dimensions of globalization." Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado
The introduction to a major new series about how the newly globalized world economy is affecting ordinary people across the planet. Although most people today are better fed, clothed and educated than ever before, there's also increasing anxiety about the future, and millions more now live in absolute poverty. The three highest-earning people in the world make more than the world's poorest 40 countries combined.

Five years ago the World Social Summit promised to eradicate poverty altogether, but world leaders who reviewed its progress in June concluded the task has been far rougher than they imagined. This program asks whether the globalized economy is now running out of control, or whether ordinary people can still hope to share in its fabulous wealth.

With contributions from key figures like James Wolfensohn, then president of the World Bank, and opinion formers like Susan George, Robert Reich, Naomi Klein, Francis Fukuyama and Noam Chomsky.

The producer of this program has collected extensive resources at www.tve.org/life/archive/life1main.htm

The other titles in the series are:

2. Geraldo Off-Line - Globalized economy affects Brazilian factory worker.

3. From Docklands to Dhaka - English MD travels to Bangladesh to improve community health.

4. An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train - A group of health professionals tours the most deprived regions of South Africa providing care.

5. The Philadelphia Story - Globalized economy affects American jobs.

6. The Boxer - Young male looks to escape Mexican poverty by becoming a boxer in the United States.

7. The Seattle Syndrome - Were the WTO protesters right in their effort to protect workers and the environment from exploitation?

8. The Right to Choose - Women are denied human rights in Ethiopia and northern Nigeria.

9. At the End of a Gun: Women and War - The devastating effect that the civil war in Sri Lanka is having on women.

10. The Summit - The UN General Assembly meets to review progress on social justice worldwide.

11. All Different, All Equal - Examines progress in women's rights globally.

12. India Inhales - Activists combat tobacco companies that target India.

13. The Silver Age - Growing population of elderly worldwide seeks purpose and care.

14. The Cost of Living - AIDS drugs unaffordable in developing countries.

15. The Posse - Rap group in Sao Paulo, Brazil, expresses social problems.

16. Credit Where Credit is Due - Micro-credit organization in Bangladesh provides loans to village poor.

17. Regopstaan's Dream - Bushmen fight to live on ancestral land in South Africa.

18. Untouchable? - The caste system and bonded labor are still alive and well in India.

19. Because They're Worth It - Micro-credit, education, health information, and hope provided to impoverished Chinese.

20. For a Few Pennies More - Iodine deficiency causes health problems in Indonesia.

21. In the Name of Honour - Kurdish women fight for their rights in Northern Iraq.

22. God Among the Children - Community organization works with at-risk youth in Boston.

23. Without Rights - Palestinians are denied human rights.

24. Lost Generations - Poor health and poverty condemn people in India to sub-standard lives.

25. Educating Lucia - The odds are against girls getting an education in Zimbabwe and throughout much of Africa.

26. A-OK? - Examines prospects for Vitamin A distribution programs in Guatemala and Ghana necessary for children's health.

27. Bolivian Blues - Explores the success of new initiative to reduce widespread poverty.

28. The Outsiders - Explores the moral and economic dilemmas that adolescents face in the Ukraine today.

29. The Debt Police - Uganda seeks external debt relief and fights internal corruption.

30. The On-going Story - Final episode examines the international community's commitment to linking social and economic development with human rights.

NOTE: A second series called City Life is now available.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2000     Copyright Date: 2000
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-465-6     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-848-0




Reviews
"An insightful tour of the social, political, and economic dimensions of globalization."
Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado

"An excellent job of exposing students to important concepts like the unequal distribution of wealth, marginalization, exploitation, and legitimization."
Teaching Sociology (Magazine)


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Links
www.tve.org/life/archive (Producer's web site)
www.tve.org/life/archive/life1main.htm


Subjects
Anthropology
Developing World
Economics
Geography
Global Issues
Globalization
History
Human Rights
Humanities
International Studies
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations


Related Titles

City Life
Explores Sao Paolo in introduction to series examining the effects of globalization on people and cities.

The Barcelona Blueprint
Barcelona today is a model of urban planning that may prove sustainable.

Pavements of Gold
Increase in urban poverty and population, caused by globalization, threatens Peruvians.

Democracy à la Maude
A Canadian woman leads the fight against unjust corporate globalization, and for social justice.

Super-Companies
Multinational companies seldom take the needs of people or the environment into account.

The Emperor's New Clothes
An impassioned look at the effects of NAFTA on workers in Canada, the US and Mexico.

Who's Counting?
Marilyn Waring demystifies global economics from a feminist perspective.

The Summit
The UN General Assembly meets to review progress on social justice worldwide.

The On-going Story
Final episode examines the international community's commitment to linking social and economic development with human rights.


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