Developing Stories

A ground-breaking project commissioned by the BBC, Developing Stories I is a series of six films produced by some of the developing world’s most talented filmmakers on what they see as the root causes of the world’s environment and development crisis.

The inspiration for the series came from Television Trust for the Environment’s director, Robert Lamb, who reasoned that the voices the world needs to listen to most are those from the South, where environmental issues are regarded as a matter of survival. The series provides a platform for filmmakers from the developing world to make their own films, reflecting their own realities.

The second installment of this ground-breaking BBC series was timed to coincide with the U.N. Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. With the guidance of Television Trust for the Environment, the BBC commissioned leading filmmakers from developing countries to create programs dealing with the interrelated issues of people, population, and migration from the perspective of those directly affected by these crises. These films reach beyond the usual dry statistics and portray instead the individual, human dramas that underlie the population and migration debate.

Films in this series

And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon

This film takes the form of a journey across the Caribbean island of Haiti encountering a ...
Desounen – Dialogue With Death

This film takes the form of a journey across the Caribbean island of Haiti encountering a ...
Life and Debt

The tortuous links between Brazil’s debt, the devastation of its rainforest and the ...
Lucia

A powerful drama from a screenplay by the late, acclaimed Filipino director which chronicl ...
Rabi

A modern day fable African fable from Burkina Faso which explores the relationships betwee ...
Suspended Dreams

The appalling impact of modern warfare on the people and their environment is assessed thr ...
The Legacy of Malthus

Draws parallels between the 19th century evictions of Scottish crofters and peasant farmer ...
The Tale of Three Lost Jewels

A magical love story between two adolescents in the Gaza Strip, this revelatory drama look ...