Poor Us

Do we know what poverty is?

Directed by Ben Lewis | Produced by Femke Volting and Bruno Felix

If we want to make poverty history, we need to understand the history of poverty. A funny and sinister animated odyssey

You fall asleep and dream, travelling across centuries and continents. You find the answers to curious questions: did hunter-gatherers have poor relations? Who became poor faster than anyone else in history? And can Karl Marx make tea? But you also look at big questions: what’s lifted people out of poverty and how? Is there a formula that would work again? Is poverty an “engine of the system” and a great driver of progress – or a terrible by-product of inequality?

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