This film chronicles the founding of a new branch of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. The director and narrator, Holly Mosher, follows the loans from start through a few repayment cycles, with mixed results. Mosher also explores the results of some loans several years into their use. The film features commentary and history on Grameen from Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
Half the Sky
This film brings the efforts of Kristof and WuDunn to the screen. First broadcast on PBS, this documentary looks at the work of the Half The Sky Movement (HTS), which is working to empower disenfranchised women around the globe. HTS also provides a ton of resources on their site
that are available for you.
To Catch a Dollar
This film looks at the first attempt to bring the efforts of the Grameen Bank to the United States. Grameen America started in Queens, NY in 2007, and this film looks at the lives of some of the women from the first group of borrowers, as they learn what it means to have financial capital for the first time, and how their lives change in the process.
This thought-provoking documentary looks at the portrayal of women by mainstream media, featuring a number of women in the media today. Because microfinance has roots in female empowerment, this film shines light on how the system of economic disenfranchisement came to be so prevalent.
The Story of Stuff
This is a medium-length, incredibly informative look at consumer culture. Available on YouTube--and converted into book format since its release--this film looks at how consumption of everyday goods manifests itself as a burden on the world’s poorest individuals and our natural environment. This is an excellent teaching tool, with lots of obvious opportunities to tie subject matter into classroom curriculum.
Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance Video
A short and compelling visualization of Kiva’s effect. This is a great presentation tool for a group’s first introduction to Kiva and microfinance. It also couples well with Kiva’s “Live
” page, which is currently in beta.
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Here is Kiva’s YouTube page, which has lots of videos to browse through, so you can find the one that best meets the needs of your classroom/event: http://www.youtube.com/user/kiva