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If the World Were a Village: A Story About the World's People

David J. Smith  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: David J. Smith
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Animated
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Master Communications, Inc.
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1604800828
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Based on the best selling and award-winning book by the same title, If the World Were a Village is an animated story that delivers an important message using a magical metaphor: what if the world with six billion people were a village of just 100 people... By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. If the World Were a Village will encourage viewers to learn about our global village. The languages we speak, what foods we eat, where we live, what religions we practice - what you find may surprise you! "Highly recommended, Editor's Choice" 4 star review in Video Librarian "Unique choice for units on community, geography, and global studies." - School Library Journal

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Based on the award-winning book, If the World Were a Village is a children's DVD that postulates: what if we imagined the whole world as a village of 100 people? Drawing young viewers on a journey of discovery through the lives of each of the 100 villagers, If the World Were a Village educates about the diversity of languages we speak, foods we eat, where we live, the religions we follow, and more. A delightful exposure to different cultures across the globe, highly recommended especially for public library children's DVD shelves. If the World Were a Village has English, French, and Spanish language options, as well as English subtitles. 25 minutes, closed-captioned, teacher's guide available. Also of interest to pique young people's curiosity about other cultures is the "Families of the World" DVD series, including the recently released "Families of Guatemala".
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4.0 out of 5 stars International Demographics Made Personal December 14, 2009
David J. Smith's award-winning book, If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World's People has done much to popularize the concept of shrinking the world's population down to a representative 100 citizens and exploring demographic statistics on this much smaller, and therefore more understandable, scale.

In the animated DVD rendition - If the World Were a Village: A Story about the World's People - of Smith's popular work, expressive narrator Jackie Richardson sweeps young viewers into a bucolic village. There the inhabitants are cheerful and good-natured despite gross economic disparities; shielding children from the brutal realities of poverty while still evoking their empathy. The use of consistent named characters helps children to associate accurate demographic facts with colorfully animated characters.

The facts are presented gently without a great deal of sermonizing, but the call to social action is clear in the small acts of kindness that the villagers perform for one another. Questions about the wide spread in education levels, amount of available food, income, clean water etc. are sure to follow this awareness-raising film.

In the fact of such objectivity, a closing statement in the section on world religions is quite surprising. While the creators of the DVD (and possibly the originating book) are clearly in favor of peace throughout the world (as we should all be), the statement that all religions are at their core the same is fallacious at best. Few devoted followers of any of the faiths discussed would agree with such a statement, regardless of their dedication to inter-faith loving kindness.

Increasing numbers of school children find themselves living in bubbles that extend no further than their own communities and states.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must See DVD for Kids and Adults October 11, 2009
Watching this DVD makes a great family activity. My children absolutely loved it and I found myself completely engaged as well. It also sparked an important conversation in our family about the world we live in and illustrated to our children the concepts of tolerance, acceptance, gratitude and humanity. Here's the first statistic of many interesting insights the DVD shows:

If the world were a village made out of 100 people, 61 would be from Asia, 13 from Africa, 5 from North America, 8 from Central and South America, 12 from Europe and 1 from Oceania (Australia, South Pacific, etc).

This is a must see DVD for your family. I also think this would be a great video to show in classrooms. It is entertaining to watch and guaranteed to create a shift in the way you see the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for class rooms October 4, 2009
If the World Were a Village is a very different type of cartoon. While it has cartoon-like characters this video is not for entertainment but more for education and enlightenment.

I could definitely see the uses a teacher would have for a classroom of children with this video. If the World were a Village clearly represents the multi-culture, multi-ethnic world that we live in.

Heck, it clearly represents Southern California with it's multitude of cultures, colors and races.

The IE Twins were very interested in the statistics that were presented. While I don't think that at their age they clearly understand what 61% of 100% represents they were definitely intrigued with the representations presented within the DVD.

In fact, I would advise that you should definitely watch this with your children and be prepared to answer the questions that may arise. Questions such as:

* "Why are there different religions?"
* "Why are there people of different colors?'
* "Why don't some people have food, cars, water, etc?"

It was a thought-provoking DVD for my children to watch and one that I will replay to them when they are a bit older as well. If you are a home school, private or public school teacher you will want to get a copy of this DVD to further explain our ever mixed world and culture. Just be prepared for the questions that undoubtedly will follow the screening.If the World Were a Village: A Story About the World's People
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