In 2000, at the turn of the Millennium, 191 governments made a commitment to cut world poverty in half by 2015. They defined 8 goals, including eradicating hunger, promoting gender equality and guaranteeing universal education. Eight filmmakers were invited to share their vision of these goals.
Featuring an introduction by Catherine Deneuve, the compilation's eight films range from Jane Campion's Australian Outbackset story focusing on global warming and extreme drought to Gus Van Sant's resonant use of skateboarders to illustrate the issue of infant mortality. This exciting and unique endeavor will provoke thought and even action on the global problems that face all humans.
Abderrahmane SISSAKO, Tiya's Dream
Gael GARCIA BERNAL, The Letter
Gaspar NOE, SIDA
Mira NAIR, How can it be?
Jane CAMPION, The Water Diary
Gus VAN SANT, Mansion on the Hill
Jan KOUNEN, The Story of Panshin Beka
Wim WENDERS, Person to Person
The eight directors evoke the vital importance of a collective effort to achieve the eight Millennium goals of the United Nations: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; encourage global partnership for development. --Rome Film Festival (Program Notes)