In a poor Ugandan village, each resident receives a basic income for two years. Through the personal journey of documentary filmmaker Steven Janssens we see how this village is changing. Utopias can change the world.
In ‘Village One’, a Ugandan village surrounded by beautiful scenery with crater Lakes and mountain ranges, all inhabitants live in poverty. Most children do not go to school and there is no water supply and electricity. These people have no prospects for the future.
Eight vzw, an organization that fights against inequality, distributes a monthly basic income for two years to each resident of ‘Village One’.
The inhabitants of Village One respond leery at first, but get convinced that there really is nothing suspicious behind it.
They are filled with joy. This means that from now on everyone in the village can foresee without problems in his basic needs.
They can escape out of their poverty trap and go for personal development.
Documentary filmmaker Steven delves into their living environment that is changing radically through the introduction of a basic income.
He lives along with their beautiful and less beautiful stories.
He discovers parallels with his own Western society. Scarcity of time or money causes stress and as a consequence people are making the wrong decisions. And in the worst case this ends in a depression.
Through a video diary, Steven shares the experiences he is going through with the villagers, their environment, the researchers and the experiment.
The stories in ‘Village One’ show us that the basic income is a medicine that brings back the stress to a healthy level. Maybe this also works for our Western society?
Where do these two worlds with different speeds are going to touch each other?
After the two years we will create and distribute an anthropological novel that we will write in cooperation with an experienced writer.
More details to follow.