Manila: the city with too many people

Channel 4: Unreported World

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is one of the world's most overpopulated cities.


Reporter Jenny Kleeman and director Richard Cookson find the Philippine capital stretched to breaking point, with mothers four to a bed in maternity wards, primary schools with a thousand children in each year, and graveyards with no more room to bury the dead. As the world faces an overpopulation crisis, Manila provides a vision of what might become ordinary in the not too distant future.


‘Extraordinary scenes…Reporter Jenny Kleeman gets thoroughly involved as usual - marching bravely into places, spending the night with a family in a precarious shanty town, doing proper journalism. In a way, it's a kind of holiday - she's usually in a war zone. I wonder if Kleeman ever goes on a spa break, or a beach holiday. I hope so.'
- The Guardian


'A shocking exploration of where the world is going'
- Observer
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