Liberation Season: Screening – The Hunger Season
A perfect storm is brewing. Climate change, increasing consumption in China and India, and a dwindling supply of Biofuels; while these issues are continuously broadcast on the news, there are 73 million people in the world who are actually experiencing these problems. And the universal, devastation effect produced is hunger.
The Hunger Season follows two years of an unfolding humanitarian crisis in one small African nation Swaziland, and uses this example to ask why, in spite of our incredible agricultural productivity, in spite of the Millennium Goals and a massive UN food aid programme, are we failing to solve the problem of hunger?
As commodity prices have risen by 50%, the UN Agencies have barely half the budget they need to meet the needs of millions of hungry people they are currently feeding. We could be facing one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of all time if governments do not commit more resources. It is time to examine the system of food aid and question the extent of our commitment to ending hunger.
Directed by Beadie Finzi
In 2000, world leaders agreed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a pledge to halve extreme poverty by 2015.
However with just five years to go, progress is drastically slow. To explore why, and to ask what can be done, the UK development NGO network Bond presents a season of award winning documentaries in association with Good Screenings (www.goodscreenings.org).
Screening as part of the Stand Up and Take Action film festival. http://www.