The Fourth World

2012 • 54 minutes
15 reviews
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There's a hidden world out there that is getting ready to explode. Most of us know little—if anything—about it.

It's the world of slums.

In the underbelly of the Developing World—what some still refer to as the Third World—is another seething mass of humanity we are calling The Fourth World. One of every six human beings inhabits this hidden place and if the United Nations is right, that number will triple by 2050.

What does The Fourth World look like, who inhabits it, and what should we do about it?

"The Fourth World", produced by award-winning filmmaker Mark Volkers, takes you into slums around the world to see them for yourself and to meet the people who live there. By encountering individuals with names and personalities, it becomes harder to stereotype slum dwellers; to lump them all into a nameless, faceless statistic.

The Fourth World was shot in seven countries on five continents.
15 reviews
Janine Calsbeek
May 8, 2014
Mark Volkers & his crew spent a week with three different families – one in Guatemala City, one in Manila, and one in Nairobi. The stories they caught on film are moving. They are wake-up calls. Salma was sold into the sex trade at age eight, by her mother. Tanya was shot in the spinal cord and survives by begging. Felix, a member of the Luo ethnic group (as is President Obama), lives in one of the largest slums in Africa and sells ears of corn to help him stay in school. It's a well-done film, telling touching stories of hidden people. I recommend it highly.
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A Google user
August 14, 2012
A story told over & over about good people in a bad starting place, I applaud this story being told from the human point of view,they dont want hand-outs just a chance to make they're lives better,how about we build industries there & build houses there ,so they won't have to leave & come here.
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bencollins nou
June 3, 2014
This film is supposed to be free for people to see what is happening to our brothers and sisters out there . Except the money raised from selling this film will be used to help them. Special thanks to the writer. You've done a good job.
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