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Film: The Fourth World
Date Wednesday November 07
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]

Film evenings begin with potluck refreshments & social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.

by Mark Volkers

There’s a hidden fourth world about to explode: the world of slums. Sub-populations survive in the direst of circumstances, excluded from mainstream society. And they’re growing at an alarming rate. In 2007 one billion people lived in slums, by 2030 it will be two billion. Poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, crime, socio-political marginalization — all of these factors contribute to the ever-worsening state of slums across the world. This informative film gets right to the heart of the matter, revealing both the struggle of life for those within the slums and the wider implications that their mammoth expansion will have on our world. It is an eye-opening investigation, bringing us inside the world’s shanty towns and exploring the reasons for their rapid expansion and the consequences if this mass of deprived humanity is ignored.

In an endless undulating landscape of rubbish hundreds of people fight with crows over the edible contents of man-made landscapes. Living in exceptionally harsh conditions; lacking basic daily necessities; denied access to education or legitimate employment: crime becomes the only means of survival. Stretching across three continents, from the slums of Nairobi, Guatemala City, to Manila, this powerful documentary looks past statistics, investigating the reality of one the largest social migrations witnessed in mankind’s history.

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are expected

Added to the calendar on Friday Nov 2nd, 2012 10:38 PM