Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Bolivian Blues

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Explores the success of new initiative to reduce widespread poverty.

Life - Bolivian Blues

With per capita income of just $1,000 and social indicators on a par with countries in sub-Saharan Africa rather than its more successful neighbors Argentina, Chile or Venezuela, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. 10% of children are undernourished. Average school attendance is less than seven years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investment in the economy, while the landlocked geography of the country itself limits access to export markets.

But there are signs of change. Annual inflation fell from a peak of 23,500% in 1985 to less than 4.5% by the close of 1998, thanks to a program coordinated by the International Development Association and the International Monetary Fund. And Bolivia's huge external debt burden has been substantially eased under new debt redemption programs.

In Bolivian Blues, Life explores the success of a new initiative designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction.

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Main credits

Bain, Rosalind (film producer)
Bain, Rosalind (film director)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Spiller, Janet (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Quiroga, Jorge (on-screen participant)
Guerrero, Isabel (on-screen participant)
Newman, John (on-screen participant)
Anaya, Amalia (on-screen participant)
Arnez, Franklin (on-screen participant)
Olivera, Oscar (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Janet Spiller; executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Rosalind Bain

Television Trust for the Environment
Rosalind Bain
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

International Relations and Geopolitics
Finance, Speculation and Debt
Economic Geography
Economic Anthropology
Government Policy
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

At-risk Youth
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
International Trade
Latin American Studies
Social Justice
United Nations


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