At the Bottom of the World

Also available in 3 x 28 min. version

In this series we take a closer look at the poverty situation in Ethiopa – a country in which the Millenium Goals to reduce extreme poverty still remain to be attained.


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At the Bottom of the World

At the Bottom of the World

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At the Millennium, countries around the world promised to re-duce the number of people in ex-treme poverty by 50% before year 2015. In some parts of the world, the implementations of the so-called Millennium goals are on their way but many African countries are lagging behind. One of them is Ethiopia. In the series At the Bottom of the World, we meet beggars and peasants who are affected by drought and the boy Zenabu, who fights for the right to attend school.

Beggars in Addis Ababa

Life is tough for the two women Belay and Zemu, who live in the small village Kajima in Northern Ethiopia. Shortage of food makes them leave the village and travel with their kids to the capital Addis Ababa for begging. The family left behind is supported by the money Zemu and Belay make as beggars. Several months later they come back to the village with their small savings. This year Zemu returns to an awful surprise – rumours in the village have it that her husband has donated some of her pots to another woman.

When the Rain Fails

Each year, in the little village of Jarota, farmers have a hard time surviving in the harsh nature. Barren soil, climate change and starvation are part of life for most people. But one of the peasants has found a solution that might ensure the future for him and his family: He has opened the first shop in the area.

Education prohibited

When the 14-year-old boy Zenabu hears that the new school in the area is opening up for new students, he gets very exited. Now he can finally go to school. But his family refuses him to attend school, because he has to look after the animals. Several times Zenabu runs away from home in protest, and it is not until he reports his mother to the local authorities that he finally gets the permission to go to school.

The 2 x 45 min. includes When the Rain Fails and Beggars in Addis Ababa.

Director & Producer Jakob Gottschau
Produced by Express TV-Produktion for DR, NRK & UR
Duration 3 x 28 min. & 2 x 45 min.
Year of Production 2007
Original Title PĂ„ Verdens Bund