Millennials, the focus of CAD Productions' next documentary
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The Millennials are the first generation to live in worse economic conditions than their parents since the Second World War in Europe. Witnesses of the digital revolution, young people who were born between 1985 and 1995 find worse opportunities to access the labour market, despite the fact that they are the most educated generation in history. The situation is worse for individuals in southern Europe, whose economies are more fragile than their northern counterparts and therefore less resilient to crises.

To unravel the complexity of this phenomenon, CAD Productions will release next January the documentary “Double Crisis Generation, an X-ray of the situation of young people in southern Europe”.

The material explains the crossroads of a whole generation in Spain, Italy and Portugal, whose access to the labour market was affected by the 2008 crisis, and that now is particularly suffering from the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The result is a generation that sees its projects for economic and family stability postponed or even unrealised.

To tell the story, the CAD Productions team toured the squares, universities and main youth study centres in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and Rome, seeking the testimony of young Millennials and economists, sociologists and experts in the field in general.

The documentary tells the story of three young Millennials in three southern European cities. Their journeys show a complex approach to the issue of youth poverty and raise a discussion about future scenarios.

Far from being the story of a generation’s failure, the documentary proposes how different social actors can collaborate to generate creative solutions to crises.

This documentary is based on the results of the study “Post-crisis generation: lack of opportunities and lack of security for the new generations in southern Europe”, carried out by EsadeEcPol researchers and financed by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Geisel García Graña
Geisel García Graña
Geisel is Communication & Ecosystem Manager for GlobalCAD and a consultant in communication and sustainable cities. She has a PhD. in Communication Sciences by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. @geiselgg