The Fourth World

A Billion People at the Bottom of the Pile.

About The Film

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.

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Cast & Filmmakers

Mark Volkers lived among the Luo people of East Africa for seven years and since then has worked in over 20 countries as a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. He has won numerous national and international awards for his work. Over the years, Mark has become friends with many slum dwellers in various parts of the world.

Volkers had the privilege of doing much of the filming for The Fourth World with groups of his students. Traveling to places like Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya; the garbage dump just outside of Manila and other fourth-world locations around the globe, was life-changing for everyone involved.

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