Suits and Savages - Why The World Bank Won't Save the World
Who can save the Bengal tiger..?
Forest dwellers, or city people who want them out of the park?
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) looked promising on paper - with two and a half billion dollars from the world's governments to spend on global green aid, and an inclusive, democratic model of governance. But did this international financial institution live up to its own rhetoric? Continuing environmental, food and financial crises, and declining tiger populations in India, suggest not. SUITS AND SAVAGES looks at a GEF/World Bank ecodevelopment project from the ground up - travelling between one remote tribe in India and another, more powerful, in Washington DC; spanning the gulf between their environments.
Now available on DVD, complete with extras including Spanish and Kannada versions of the film, photos from the shoot, articles on the issues covered and 'Five Years On', a five minute update from the India Ecodevelopment project site in Karnataka.
Watch the 38 min documentary here
or a 4 minute excerpt prepared for the UN OHCHR 2011 Social Forum on the Right to Development: