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  (in credits order)
Nigist Anteneh ... Tiya (segment "Tiya's Dream")
Tefera Gizaw ... Tiya's father (segment "Tiya's Dream")
Fekadu Kebede ... Teacher (segment "Tiya's Dream")

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson ... Father (segment "The Letter")
Hringur Ingvarsson ... Son (segment "The Letter")
Dieudonne Ilboudo ... Man (segment "SIDA")

Konkona Sen Sharma ... Zeinab (segment "How can it be ?")

Ranvir Shorey ... Arif (segment "How can it be ?")
Birsa Chatterjee ... Son (segment "How can it be?")

Alice Englert ... Ziggy (segment "The Water Diary")
Tintin Marova Kelly ... Sam (segment "The Water Diary")
Isidore Tillers ... Felicity Miles (segment "The Water Diary")

Harry Greenwood ... Simon (segment "The Water Diary")
Geneviève Lemon ... Pam Garner (segment "The Water Diary")
Miranda Jakich ... Mrs. Miles (segment "The Water Diary")

Justine Clarke ... Mother (segment "The Water Diary")

Russell Dykstra ... Father (segment "The Water Diary")
Ian Abdulla ... Lunch Guest (segment "The Water Diary")

Di Adams ... Lunch Guest (segment "The Water Diary")

Chris Haywood ... Lunch Guest (segment "The Water Diary")

Clayton Jacobson ... Lunch Guest (segment "The Water Diary")
Loydi Hucshva Haynas ... Panshin Beka (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Olivia Aravelo Lomos ... Nonna (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Denis Rafael Barbaran ... Marito (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Auristela Brito Valles ... Panshin Beka's friend (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Pendo Duku ... (segment "Person to Person")
Tsehaie Kidane ... (segment "Person to Person") (as Tsehaie Abraham Kidane)

Megan Gay ... Ronda (segment "Person to Person")

Bhasker Patel ... (segment "Person to Person")

Robert Seeliger ... (segment "Person to Person")

Ian T. Dickinson ... Frank (segment "Person to Person")

Tomas Spencer ... Seymour (segment "Person to Person")
Gerhard Gutberlet ... (segment "Person to Person")
Aminata M. Kalokoh ... (segment "Person to Person")
Mena Z. Kalokoh ... (segment "Person to Person")

Augusto Aguilera ... Lender (segment "Person to Person")
Aba Arthur ... African Borrower (segment "Person to Person")

Bob Geldof ... Himself
Melissa Butts ... Lender (segment "Person to Person")

Youssou N'Dour ... Himself
Campino ... Himself

Lavetta Cannon ... African Borrower (segment "Person to Person")

Luis Fernandez-Gil ... Guatemalan Borrower (segment "Person to Person")

Herbert Grönemeyer ... Himself
Yolanda Hester ... African Borrower (segment "Person to Person")

Michael Lehr ... Lender (segment "Person to Person")

Angela Malhotra ... Borrower - East Indian (segment "Person to Person")

Marta Cross ... Costa Rican Borrower (segment "Person to Person") (as Marta McGonagle)

Vanessa Paul ... The Lender (segment "Person to Person")

Shai Fali ... Borrower- East Indian (segment "Person to Person") (as Shaifali Ratti)

K. Harrison Sweeney ... Lender (segment "Person to Person") (as Kharrison Sweeney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Charles ... Lender 'Person to Person'

Rodney Charles ... Lender

Constance Ejuma ... African Borrower (segment "Person to Person"
Susanne Geier ... (segment "Person to Person") (as Susanne Herrmann)

Grace Matias ... Lawyer
Pendo Nyinondi ... African Borrower 'Person to Person' (as Pendo)

Jessica Shelby ... (segment "Person to Person")

Jennifer Popagain ... Panamanian Borrower (segment "Person to Person") (uncredited)

Directed by
Jane Campion (segment "The Water Diary")
Gael García Bernal (segment "The Letter")
Jan Kounen (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Mira Nair (segment "How can it be?")
Gaspar Noé (segment "SIDA")
Abderrahmane Sissako (segment "Tiya's dream")
Gus Van Sant (segment "Mansion on the hill")
Wim Wenders (segment "Person to Person")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Regine Abadia  segment "The Story of Panshin Beka"
Jane Campion  segment "The Water Diary"
Erin Dignam  segment "Person to Person"
Gael García Bernal  segment "The Letter"
Jan Kounen  segment "The Story of Panshin Beka"
Suketu Mehta  segment "How Can it Be?"
Rashida Mustafa  segment "How Can't it Be?"
Gaspar Noé  segment "SIDA"
Abderrahmane Sissako  segment "Tiya's Dream"
Wim Wenders  segment "Person to Person"

Produced by
Ami Boghani .... producer (segment "How Can It Be?")
Franck-Nicolas Chelle .... producer (segment "Tiya's Dream")
David Allen Cress .... producer (segment "Mansion on the Hill") (as David Cress)
Pablo Cruz .... producer (segment "The Letter")
Gael García Bernal .... producer (segment "The Letter")
Christopher Gill .... producer (segment "The Water Diary")
Lissandra Haulica .... producer (segments "The story of Panshin Beka" & "SIDA")
Anadil Hossain .... executive producer (segment "How Can It Be?")
Finni Johannsson .... producer (segment "The Letter")
Marc Joory .... producer (segment "8")
Neil Kopp .... producer (segment "Mansion on the Hill")
In-Ah Lee .... producer (segment "Person to Person")
Michel Merkt .... producer (segment "Person to Person")
Belinda Mravicic .... associate producer (segment "The Water Diary")
Mira Nair .... producer (segment "How Can It Be?")
Marc Oberon .... producer (segment "8")
Lise Paillet .... producer (segment "Mansion on the Hill")
Jean-Marc Sabet .... producer (segment "8")
Philipp G. Steffens .... producer (segment "Person to Person")
Original Music by
Mark Bradshaw (segment "The Water Diary")
Mychael Danna (segment "how can it be ?")
Jean-Jacques Hertz (segment "The Story of Panshin Beka")
Nicolas Jorelle 
Nadine Kaiser (segment "The Story of Panshin Beka")
François Roy (segment "The Story of Panshin Beka")
Rob Simonsen (segment "how can it be ?")
Mark Tschanz (segment "Mansion on the Hill")
Walter Werzowa (segment "Person to Person")
Cinematography by
Greig Fraser (segment "The Water Diary")
Dominique Gentil (segment "Tiya's Dream")
Rain Li (segment "The Letter") (as Kathy Li)
Gaspar Noé (segment "SIDA")
Declan Quinn (segment "how can it be?")
David Ungaro (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Film Editing by
Nadia Ben Rachid (segment "Tiya's Dream")
Marc Boucrot (segment "SIDA")
Anny Danché (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Allyson C. Johnson (segment "How can it be?") (as Allyson Johnson)
Heidi Kenessey (segment "The Water Diary")
Gaspar Noé (segment "SIDA")
Alex Rodríguez (segment "The Letter")
Gus Van Sant (segment "Mansion on the Hill")
Casting by
Doug Mangskau 
Cindy Tolan (segment "how can it be?")
Production Design by
Sebastian Soukup (segment "Person to Person")
Adam Stockhausen (segment "How Can it be?")
Art Direction by
Gunnar Eidsson (segment "The Letter")
Set Decoration by
Kris Moran (segment "How Can it Be")
Makeup Department
Megan Chassay .... hair stylist (segment "Person to Person")
Megan Chassay .... makeup artist (segment "Person to Person")
Gudbjorg Huldis .... makeup artist (segment "The Letter")
Kristen Paynter .... hair stylist
Kristen Paynter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Driss Benyaklef .... production supervisor (segment "How Can It Be?")
Brett Cranford .... unit production manager
Gilles De Lusignan .... production manager (segment "SIDA")
Shuna Frood .... post-production supervisor (segment "The Letter")
Belinda Mravicic .... production manager (segment "The water Diary")
Antoine Rabaté .... post-production supervisor (segment "The Story of Panshin Beka")
Olivier Théry-Lapiney .... production manager (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurence Guérault .... first assistant director (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
David Houfek .... first assistant director (segment "Person to Person")
Fahad Falur Jabali .... first assistant director (segment "The Letter")
Jesse Nye .... first assistant director (segment "How Can it Be?")
Olivier Théry-Lapiney .... first assistant director (segment "SIDA")
Joana Vogdt .... second assistant director (segment "Person to Person")
Art Department
Ryan Casey .... assistant props
Einar Eidsson .... property master (segment "The Letter")
Anna Marin Schram .... assistant property master (segment "The Letter")
Sound Department
Ludwig Bestehorn .... sound mixer (segment "Person to Person")
Marc Boucrot .... sound editor (segment "SIDA")
Tony Cook .... boom operator (segment "The Letter")
Alain Féat .... sound editor (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer (segment "SIDA")
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator (segment "How can it be?")
Daniel McIntosh .... sound mixer (segment "How can it be?")
Clemens Nürnberger .... foley recordist
Dave Paterson .... sound editor (segment "How can it be?")
Julien Perez .... foley engineer (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Takis Christos Sariannidis .... foley artist (segment "Person to Person")
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer (segment "Mansion on the Hill")
Dominick Tavella .... sound mixer (segment "How can it be?") (as Dominic Tavella)
Issa Traoré .... sound (segment "SIDA")
Vincent Tulli .... sound engineer (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator (segment "How Can It Be?"
Philippe Welsh .... sound (segment " Tiya's Dream")
Adam Wolny .... sound editor
Gunnar Árnason .... sound recordist (segment "The Letter") (as Gunnar Arnason)
Visual Effects by
Christian Baum .... lead artist (segment "Person to Person")
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC (segment "Letter")
Stephan Guerin .... lighting artist
Thomas Hansen .... visual effects (segment "Person to Person")
Max Horton .... digital colourist (segment "The Letter")
Jalal Jemison .... digital effects artist (segment "Mansion on the Hill")
Axel Klostermann .... visual effects (segment "Person to Person")
Simon James Milner .... digital compositor (segment "Person to Person")
Benoit Philippon .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alec Boehm .... additional cinematographer (segment-"Person to Person")
Caroline Brandes .... camera operator (segment "Person to Person")
Eric Catelan .... Steadicam operator (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Stefan Ciupek .... camera supervisor: HDTV cameras (segment "Person to Person")
Arnar Einarsson .... key grip (segment "The Letter")
Snorri F. Fearweather .... clapper loader (segment "The Letter")
Árni Filippusson .... focus puller (segment "The Letter")
David Frak-Lauer .... focus puller (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Rick Gioia .... assistant camera (segment "how can it be?")
Daniel Keck .... assistant camera (segment "how can it be?") (as Dan Keck)
Dara Selbert .... loader (segment "How can it be")
Shane Young .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimmie Dellechaiae .... stylist (segment "how can it be?")
Margrét Einarsdóttir .... wardrobe (segment "The Letter")
Anna Maria Tomasdottir .... wardrobe assistant (segment "The Letter")
Editorial Department
Anne-Sophie Bion .... assistant editor (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Smith Dave .... assistant editor (segment "how can it be ?")
Sahra Mekki .... assistant editor (segment "The story of Panshin Beka")
Sahra Mekki .... digital conformation (segment "Tiya's Dream")
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist (segment "How can it be?")
Music Department
Nicolas Jorelle .... musician: piano solo
Other crew
George Adams .... production assistant (segment "Mansion On The Hill")
Carole Bonamy .... production assistant
Scott Bowers .... staff production assistant
Brett Cranford .... production accountant
Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir .... script supervisor (segment "The Letter")
Conall Jones .... researcher (segment "Person to Person")
Pati Keilwerth .... executive assistant: Wim Wenders
Sébastien Lagoszniak .... production assistant
Nieves Mosour .... production coordinator (segment "The Letter")
Ashish Sehgal .... production assistant
Priyanka Sharma .... assistant to director: Mira Nair
Su-Jin Song .... production assistant (segment "Person to Person)
Vala Hrönn Viggósdóttir .... production coordinator (segment "The Letter")

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Largely successful, 19 May 2009
Author: nmegahey from DVD Times

The purpose of 8 is to address the agreement of 191 governments to halve world poverty by 2015. These are defined under the following Millennium Development Goals: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Achieve Universal Primary Education; Promote Gender Equality; Reduce Child Mortality; Improve Maternal Health; Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases; Ensure Environmental Sustainability; Global Partnership for Development. At the halfway point towards meeting those goals, the problem doesn't appear to have drastically altered, and eight filmmakers of international renown have been gathered to examine just how serious the position is.

The best films in 8 tend to be those that get the point across through simple human stories rather than by adhering too closely to the rather dry themes and statistics. Such is how Gael García Bernal deals with the subject from the surprising location of Iceland in "The Letter", capturing with simplicity and beautiful cinematography a discussion between a father and his young son, who is working on a school project about the Nepal region, about the impact of the failure of a nation to achieve basic Primary Education. Jane Campion also rises to the challenge in "The Water Diary" in relation to Environmental Sustainability, showing the tough decisions that have to be made in a small outback community waiting desperately for the rains, building their hopes, fears, disappointments and indeed tears into a fantastical dream. Jan Kounen also finds a mythical aspect to the human condition in his Peruvian Amazon story (one of many similar stories showcased in Amnesty International's short documentary 'Poverty of Justice' seen in accompaniment to the film) of the difficulties and dangers of mortality facing women giving birth in remote regions. The mix of documentary reconstruction and traditional storytelling through native song and dance in "The Story of Panshin Beka" is given additional force through some striking black-and-white cinematography.

Tipping the balance either one way or the other towards a higher average of good sections over bad is Abderrahmane Sissako's opening piece. Sissako's brilliance in the area of inventive politically-charged film-making is not in doubt after his last feature Bamako, and "Tiya's Dream" is beautifully filmed, showing the situation facing real people in African nations, but he makes his point rather too calculatedly and deliberately referential through a school lesson on... the 8 goals of the Millennium Development Goal. Borderline also is Gaspar Noé's "SIDA", which at least has the benefit of the director's customary power and directness, relating of the case of a man dying from AIDS in his own words with only edgy, colour-saturated portraiture cinematography and a pounding heartbeat, and making it still rather intense.

Those missing the mark completely for me are Mira Nair's segment "How Can It Be?" and Gus Van Sant's "Mansion On The Hill", Nair taking on Gender Equality towards freedom of expression of a Muslim wanting a divorce from her husband to live with another man. Even if it means she may be making a wrong decision towards her blameless husband and son, she deserves the choice to make her own mistakes. Gus Van Sant, for his part, simply seems to have missed the brief entirely and just given the producers some left-over footage of teenage skateboarders for them to put TV advertisement boldface facts, figures and slogans on the Child Mortality.

Wim Wenders, unsurprisingly ends up being the most problematic, the director's film-making talent still obvious, but increasingly buried in heavy-handed messages. "Person to Person" is likewise admirable in its intent, but fails in its execution. He attempts to offer a corrective to the traditionally dry, preachy editorialising of news reports and documentaries on the subject of the Third World, by showing that direct action between the people in these countries can have an impact without the need for government intervention. It's a sharply filmed and edited piece and admirable also for its concision in explaining just how this can be achieved, but it doesn't manage to avoid sounding preachy and didactic itself.

While there is certainly then some minor brilliance evident throughout individual segments of 8 and some strong points made on the grave consequences for the world should there be a failure to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the Wenders segment, ending as it does with footage of Bono chanting from the stage, does give the impression of the whole exercise being one of well-meaning good intentions, but one that by its very nature will inevitably end up preaching only to the converted who are willing to pay to go and see it, but which is no more likely to spur those with the power to effect change to honour those commitments they have made.

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