Poor Us: An Animated History – Why Poverty?

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WhyPoverty·Jan 3, 2013

POOR US: Do we know what poverty is?

The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis’s film takes us through the changing world of poverty. You go to sleep, you dream, you become poor through the ages. And when you awake, what can you say about poverty now? There are still very poor people, to be sure, but the new poverty has more to do with inequality…

Director Ben Lewis
Producer Femke Volting & Bruno Felix
Produced by Subma­rine

Why Poverty?

From the archives:

Tavis Smiley: Vision for a New America: A Future without Poverty + Cornel West: You Don’t Play With Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inequality and Poverty America Style–In Richness and in Health by Graham Peebles

Chris Hedges with Jeremiah Wright on Poverty in the U.S.

An Empire of Poverty: Race, Punishment, and Social Control by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Tavis Smiley: Remaking America: From Poverty To Prosperity, with Cornel West, Michael Moore

Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti (2007)

The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised by Chris Hedges

Half of U.S. poor by Fred Goldstein

Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (must-see)