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Watch Engrossing, Informative Feature Doc 'Poor Us: An Animated History'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 4, 2013 at 10:35AM

I dug this... the first thing I watched this morning.
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Poor Us

I dug this... the first thing I watched this morning.

As a refresher...

BBC Storyville's Why Poverty? is an initiative that was announced last fall that saw a set of 8 ground-breaking international documentaries that screened in November in 180 countries, each exploring why, in the 21st century, 1 billion people still live in poverty.

One of the film entries was Poor Us: An Animated History, directed by Ben Lewisthe film's synopsis reads:

The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis's film takes us through the changing world of poverty. You go to sleep, you dream, you become poor through the ages. And when you awake, what can you say about poverty now? There are still very poor people, to be sure, but the new poverty has more to do with inequality... 

This initiative's initial announcement came the day after the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which fell on October 17th.

Watch the hour-long Poor Us: An Animated History:


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