TVO gives 10 Ontario film-makers a voice to share their unique perspectives about local poverty as part of the global Why Poverty? campaign
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2012 /CNW/ – As one of 70 broadcasters participating in the worldwide Why Poverty? initiative, TVO commissioned 10 Ontario short films witnessing the stories of people dealing with poverty. The Ontario short films are showcased on TVO’s dedicated Why Poverty? site, tvo.org/
, as well as on-air as interstitials. In commissioning the Ontario filmmakers, TVO showcases films that challenge commonly held perceptions of poverty, and gives a local perspective to a global discussion.
Building on its commitment to inform and engage Ontarians on important issues, TVO’s Ontario short films examine topics ranging from the working poor to alcoholism.
“TVO is proud to have enabled these 10 filmmakers to tell stories dealing with local poverty,” says Jane Jankovic, TVO’s commissioning editor. “As TVO encourages participation in an international debate, it’s important Ontarians have an understanding of what poverty looks like in Canada.”
As the only Ontario broadcaster, TVO’s Why Poverty? campaign investigates poverty both globally and locally through documentaries, short films, a dedicated website, in-community events and on social media platforms. Complete Why Poverty? campaign details are available here
. Join the international discussion now with #whypoverty on Twitter (@TVO
and by liking Why Poverty? on Facebook
Director: Karen O’Donnell
No Place Like Home is a glimpse into the lives of two regulars at The Good Neighbours’ Club in Toronto, a place for middle-aged men struggling to make ends meet. Anxious to get their lives back on track, these two don’t fit the stereotype of people living in poverty. Both men experienced job loss due to injury, showing how quickly luck can turn.