Movies That Matter

Poor Us
  • March 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Story of Human Rights — NR, 2013, 10 mintues. The Story of Human Rights is a drama of persistent struggle and steady advance, often against heavy odds. And with human rights comes peace and the means to freedom. It is important to understand the subject of human rights within its historical framework, a tradition that stretches back more than 2,500 years. This striking new short film defines, simply and concisely, the history of one of the world’s most misunderstood subjects: human rights. If you’re human, this film is about you.

Poor Us -  2012, NR, 58 minutes. What is poverty? What drives it? Or stops it? And how have our attitudes to it changed over the years? This film takes you on a dream-like journey through time and poverty, examining attitudes, drivers and solutions from the early hunter gatherers to today’s financial meltdown. But what does history tell us? Is there an answer? “What can we do for them or what do they need,” asks Esther Duflo, Director of Poverty Action Lab. “That’s a question which is a little too general in a sense because there is no one answer.”