Poor Kids

Poor Kids

Downloadable Video - 2015
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Courtney is 8, and growing up in poverty in Bradford. Her friend Holly is "loaded" cos she went on holiday last year. With an astonishing understanding of social mobility she tells Holly, "You're gonna be richer when you grow up, and I'll be poorer." Holly suggests, "Social workers might pay for you or summat." Courtney replies, "Social workers'll be dead by 'time I'm 21!" 3.5 million kids live in poverty in the UK. It's one of the worst rates in the industrialised world and successive governments continue to struggle to bring it under control. Poor Kids offers 4 children the chance to share their insights on life on the bottom rung of society's ladder. In turn funny, tragic, moving and fascinating, Courtney (8), Paige (10, Sam (11) and his sister Kayleigh (16) take us into their lives and show us the unvarnished reality of growing up below the poverty line in Britain today. Breathtakingly honest and eloquent they give testament to how having no money affects their lives: lack of food, being bullied and having nowhere to play. The children might be indignant about their situation now, but this may not be enough to help them; their thoughts on the future are sobering. Sam's 16 year old sister Kayleigh puts it all into context, we learn how the effects of poverty led her to take extreme measures to try and escape it all. Poor Kids is a startling insight into what life is like for Britain's poorest children. AwardsBroadcast Best Documentary Nominee - in 2012Learning on Screen Nominee - in 2012Televisual Bulldog Best Documentary Nominee - in 2012Chicago Film Festival Gold Plaque for Social and Political Documentary - in 2012 "Poor Kids, the much-lauded BBC documentary, sums up everything that is wrong with today's salacious and Dickensian focus on so-called "child poverty" - Brendan O'Neill - The Telegraph. "Also brilliant was Poor Kids, Jezza Neumann's gut-wrenching documentary about children who live below the poverty line in this country. The kids speak so well - honestly, eloquently, maturely, often more so than their parents." - Sam Wollaston - The Guardian. "Sad, sobering but essential viewing." - Metro. "BAFTA winner, Jezza Neumann's powerful, quietly passionate film reveals the raw, difficult lives of a handful of articulate, charming children" - Alison Graham - Radio Times.
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file)
Additional Contributors: Neumann, Jezza
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