Crazy MoneySteven Janssens
What happens when you give the inhabitants of a small African village a basic income for a period of two years? Organization Eight.world put this to the test and conducted the experiment in Busibi, Uganda. The impact is extraordinary and produces surprising results. The inhabitants of Busibi developed into true entrepreneurs and the influence of the initiative is still noticeable.
Donating money without giving much advice or attaching any conditions to it: in development aid people have a certain suspicion about it. Yet an experiment in the Ugandan village of Busibi proves that it can work. Organization Eight.world put it to the test. For two years, residents of Busibi received a basic income into their account via a mobile phone: 16 euros per adult, 8 euros per child. Although it was not a success story for every individual, the organization achieved a number of surprisingly positive results. School attendance shot up and people started businesses and were even able to save some money. The radical approach of Eight.world proves its success. Steven Janssens followed the project closely and made a documentary about it that shows new possibilities within development work.
This film is part of...
Economy. Otherwise known as those pages in the newspaper most people skip. However, economy plays a fundamental role in everyone’s life: will I find a job? Why is real estate so expensive? How can a country go bankrupt? Whether you like it or not, it’s all about the money ... DOCVILLE looks at this multifaceted theme from macro-economics to mini projects with a guaranteed basic income to the intriguing world of behavioral economy in which the often irrational behavior of people is translated into predictable models.
DOCVILLE presents ten strong Belgian documentaries. Films that explore unknown territory - such as the oldest Belgian art gallery or a juvenile prison - as well as films that look beyond our borders. Films made by experienced directors as well as by young, new talent. The strongest production will win the Jury Prize for Best Belgian Documentary.
The screening of 26.03 will be followed by a Q&A with the director
The screening of 28.03 will be followed by a DOCVILLE+ talk (in Dutch)
Directed by Steven Janssens
2020 90 min.
Subtitles: Dutch, English
Village One Film