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.