Doing the Right Thing (2001)

Film details

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year

    2001

  • Type

    Television

Synopsis

Seventh programme in the second series of `Life' programmes, focusing on the impact of globalisation on the urban environment. Traces the experiences of two women - both born in poor slum areas of Porte Alegre, capital of Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul - who have benefited from the city's Participatory Budget scheme. The scheme is a direct democracy programme which gives the city's citizens a say in how it is run. The women are: Marli Medeiros who lives and works in Vila Pinto, one of Porte Alegre's poorest and until recently most violent neighbourhoods. She is the driving force behind the environmental education or `Rubbish Recycling Centre' which offers a genuine economic alternative to local people. Angelica Mirinha is a single mother who fought to improve conditions in her shanty town, and is now working on a slum clearance scheme. Other people featured include the city's mayor, Tarso Genro.

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