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  • Follow this animated history of global efforts to eradicate poverty.

    Follow this animated history of global efforts to eradicate poverty.

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  • Karl Marx

    Karl Marx

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  • On the road to industrialization

    On the road to industrialization

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  • In line for Mao’s Great Leap Forward

    In line for Mao’s Great Leap Forward

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  • A scene from the colonization of Africa

    A scene from the colonization of Africa

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  • A scene from the Colonization of Latin America

    A scene from the Colonization of Latin America

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  • An inca leader in the era before colonization

    An inca leader in the era before colonization

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  • The Buddha

    The Buddha

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  • A scene from prehistoric times

    A scene from prehistoric times

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  • Demonstrators protest for economic reforms.

    Demonstrators protest for economic reforms.

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  • A scene from the imagined game show Who Wants to Be a Billionaire

    A scene from the imagined game show Who Wants to Be a Billionaire

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  • Backroom deals behind Ghana’s Volta Dam

    Backroom deals behind Ghana’s Volta Dam

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The Film

For the whole of modern civilization, humans have attempted and failed to eradicate poverty. What can we learn from generations of failed efforts? Using a combination of animation, archival material, live action, anecdote, and humor, Poor Us looks at mankind’s periodic efforts to alleviate poverty with the hope that we will get a better sense of how to move forward.

The Filmmakers

  1. Ben LewisDirector
  2. Femke WoltingProducer
  3. Bruno FelixProducer