Life

The Life series of thirty 24-minute programs tackles the issue of globalization and its effect on ordinary people in countries throughout the world. In 1995, there was a meeting of the world’s leaders in Copenhagen called the Social Summit. The group promised action on poverty, employment and social integration — pledging governments to deliver greater social justice to the world’s six billion inhabitants.

But in the five years since Copenhagen, the gap between the rich and the poor actually widened, while development assistance from the industrialized donor countries went into sharp decline. The global economy and technological advancement are progressing hand in hand, but a mere few are monopolizing its rewards.

The Life series takes us to India, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Mexico, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and the United States to examine the problems that the global economy is continuing, if not propagating for billions of people. The films suggest that everyone on this planet has a social responsibility to everyone else, and that all should be afforded the same human rights and a share in the fruits of the new world economy.

Life Series: 

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Films in this series

Life | A-OK?

The prospects for two very different Vitamin A distribution programmes in Ghana and Guatem ...
Life | All Different, All Equal

In this programme 'Life' looks at progress in achieving greater equality for women - five ...
Life | An Act of Faith

The Phelophepa (Good Clean Health) Train rolls into rural areas in South Africa to provide ...
Life | At the End of a Gun: Women and War

With more than 30 regional and ethnic conflicts taking place around the world, Life report ...
Life | Because They’re Worth It

This episode of Life looks at a scheme which is helping poor people break out of the cycle ...
Life | Bolivian Blues

'Bolivian Blues' explores the success of a new initiative designed to co-ordinate the work ...
Life | Credit Where Credit is Due

Recounts how taking out a micro-credit loan has affected the lives of six women in Banglad ...
Life | Educating Lucia

As Africa deals with the devestating impact of AIDS compounded by poverty, few girls are g ...
Life | For a Few Pennies More

Kamidi suffers from an iodine deficiency which left him with stunted growth and other phys ...
Life | From Docklands to Dhaka

Sam Everington, a GP in Bromley-by-Bow, travels to Bangladesh to find out if community hea ...
Life | Geraldo Off-line

The globalized economy affects Brazilian factory worke ...
Life | God Among the Children

The Boston Ten Point Coalition is an ecumenical group working to mobilise the local commun ...
Life | In the Name of Honour

Women in Kurdistan are struggling gain basic human rights. In this film we meet four Kurdi ...
Life | India Inhales

Explores the cynicism of the major global tobacco companies' campaigns in India, and the w ...
Life | Lost Generations

This episode of 'Life' looks at the impact of globalisation on the number of babies born w ...
Life | Regopstaan’s Dream

'Regopstaan's Dream' follows Dawid Kruiper, a member of the Khomani clan of Bushmen, as he ...
Life | The Boxer

We follow Luis as he heads for the US/Mexico border with hopes of escaping the poverty of ...
Life | The Cost of Living

Today ninety per cent of HIV positive people live in developing countries. 'Life' looks at ...
Life | The Debt Police

Life highlights the Uganda Debt Network, an NGO working to ensure that Uganda's debt relie ...
Life | The Ongoing Story

Life' revisits some of the stories and issues covered in earlier episodes. ...
Life | The Outsiders

Illustrates the upheaval in the Ukrainian society and economy since the collapse of commun ...
Life | The Philadelphia Story

Cheri Honkala's been homeless, unemployed and doesn't have health care. She warns that Ame ...
Life | The Posse

The story of a group of friends trying to make it in the world's most socially divided soc ...
Life | The Right To Choose

Life reports on the dissonant voices arguing for a change of the tradition of forced marri ...
Life | The Seattle Syndrome

Is the Seattle Syndrome, those who want more restrictions on trade to fight poor wages and ...
Life | The Silver Age

Advances in science and healthcare meant that more people are living longer. This week's ' ...
Life | The Story So Far

Leading experts discuss whether ordinary people can expect to share in the fabulous wealth ...
Life | The Summit

In 1995 the Copenhagen Social Summit promised action on poverty. Five years later the UN G ...
Life | Untouchable?

Discrimination based on caste membership has been, theoretically, illegal since Indian ind ...
Life | Without Rights

This 'Life' episode explores the plight of the 1.3 million Palestinian refugees living und ...