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A Dollar A Day - Bombay Jungle

Frank Vellenga  |  DVD

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While many people recognize that surviving on a dollar a day is a struggle, very few understand the nature of poverty. In addition poor people are often not recognized for the creativity and resourcefulness they possess.

"A Dollar a Day" is a poignant six-part international series of 50 minutes programs that shows what it means to live under the poverty line. The series revolves around themes of "Access" - Access to Capital, Access to Basic Needs, Access to Markets, Access to Jobs, Access to Healthcare and Access to Good Governance.

These programs illustrate that while poor people may lack money, education, security or healthcare, they do not lack creative and courageous initiatives, knowledge and willpower. The world is full of stories of those desperately poor who transform their lives and living conditions.

The films of "A Dollar a Day" are an excellent resource for individuals and groups that want to learn more about the causes of poverty and what can be done about them. Four of the episodes include downloadable "discussion guides" and feature question and answer segments with experts from the Center for Global Development, a non-partisan "think-tank" working on development issues. Purchase these programs individually or buy the whole series and get a discount.

Perhaps the greatest value of this series is that you get to know some people who live on a dollar a day. They become real human beings and not just "the poor." In knowing them you discover that they are not so different from us.

"Bombay Jungle" looks at Access to Basic Needs in a city of opportunities and dreams. People come to work in the Bombay to earn their living, which they can't earn back in their villages. But nothing is free in this metropolis.

For grandmother Kurshida Bano, who lives in a shantytown on the edge of a National park, meeting the most basic needs of food, water and a place to relieve oneself is a daily challenge. Proud Kurshida is also confronted by the High Court that gave a ruling that the national park needs to be protected and ordered for eviction of over 80-thousand families from the slum. After the government has tried to evict her with bulldozers Khurshida is fighting for the survival of her family against all bureaucratic odds. What right does she have and how can she execute them?

Architect P.K. Das with his housing rights organization and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority of Bombay are trying to find ways to relocate them. They work together with private developer Ramesh Shah. But the bureaucracy and corruption in the system is rampant. The slum dwellers fight with pride for their right to exist: but there are winners and losers.

Other episodes in the series include:
The New Silver
The Price of Cotton
Made in China
The Strongest Link
Bombay Jungle
The Tunnel and Other Lies

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