Guns, Germs, and Steel, 2005 (165 minutes)
Based on the book by Jared Diamond of the same name, Guns, Germs, and Steel presents Diamond’s theory of why poverty is experienced in some places more than others. The film explores how the natural environment in various countries contributed to that population’s ability to develop technologies that permitted them to dominate. Guns, Germs, and Steel discusses how access to basic (and then not so basic) technology set the stage for the creation of poor and wealthy countries. The three DVDs are ideal for a series of forums or evening gatherings exploring global inequalities. The third DVD is particularly congruent with the ELCA’s understanding of accompaniment (and has several interesting intersections with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative).
A discussion guide to the DVDs is available here.