Humans have been trying to get rid of poverty for around 2500 years – without much success it might seem. The disparity between the rich and the poor is statistically greater than ever. And yet at certain times in history poverty, in certain parts of the world, has been significantly reduced – in Fin-de-Siecle Europe, in Postwar America, and in Asia, India and Latin America in recent times.
Can poverty be eradicated, as some now claim? You might say ?only the future can tell?, but the past has lessons for us too. Focusing on ten poverty moments, ranging from medieval Italy, to eighteenth century China, industrial Britain, colonial South Africa, and combining archive, interviews with historians and contemporary poverty experts and animation, this film will look at how well we have done in the fight against poverty over the millenia and it will show the lessons we can learn from the past about how to fight poverty today.