Here’s the 2nd of 8 BBC Storyville Why Poverty? projects – an initiative that was announced almost a month ago that will see a set of 8 ground-breaking international documentaries screening in November in 180 countries, that will explore why, in the 21st century, 1 billion people still live in poverty.
Titled Stealing Africa, and directed by Christoffer Guldbrandsen, the film’s synopsis reads:
Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident – Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa.
A familiar tale – one that’s been at the center of several films we’ve profiled on this site. In some cases, words like “rebels” and “pirates” are used to describe those who rise up in defiance, and challenge this kind of exploitation of their land, minerals and fellow citizens.
Airing in the last week of November, more than 70 broadcasters throughout the world, covering more than 180 countries will join in putting poverty firmly on the global agenda. The lot of films are expected to reach around 500-800 million people worldwide. The films are produced in partnership with The Open University.
This initiative’s initial announcement came the day after the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which fell on October 17th.
Here’s the trailer for Stealing Africa: