Why Poverty? UK Shorts is an eclectic series of short documentaries taking a fresh look at poverty in the UK. The issues covered include the vicious cycle of debt and poverty; the psychological impact of living in poverty; and the power of friendship and community to help people turn their lives around. The films are produced by Mosaic Films in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, BBC Storyville and the global Why Poverty? project by STEPS International. They were commissioned as the result of an open call for submissions, to find filmmakers who could produce an authentic portrayal of poverty in the UK. Around a hundred entries were submitted nationwide and were whittled down to six finalists, who then took part in a live pitch in front of a judging panel at 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011
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The three films produced by Mosaic Films, looking at UK poverty as part of the Why Poverty? project, are now available to watch online via the Why Poverty? web portal.
The films are:
The Car’s Got To Go – Director Barney Snow
Holiday From Poverty – Director Jez Lewis
This Is Camden Calling – Director Anna Edwards
The films were produced with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and were screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest. They can be viewed, along with short films on poverty from all over the world, at whypoverty.net.
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