Stolen Childhoods

Stolen ChildhoodsOVERVIEW

Genre: Feature Documentary
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Running Time: 89 minutes
Medium: Digital Video


Director: Len Morris
Producer: Len Morris
Executive Producer: Barbara Broccoli
Associate Producer: Page Ostrow
Editor: Sara Nesson
Cast: Pharis Harvey, Kailash Satyarthi, Wangari Maathai, Bruce Harris, Inderjit Khurana, Senator Tom Harkin
Cinematographer: U. Roberto Romano
Writer: Georgia Morris
Distributor: Domestic - Laemmle Theatres, International - CS & Associates
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


"This earnest, unsentimental documentary describes the lot of the 246 million children for whom, as the narrator Meryl Streep says in the prologue, 'life is nothing but work...Harrow but hopeful..." - The New York Times


Narrated by Meryl Streep, STOLEN CHILDHOODS is a documentary feature film about the growing plague of child labor that engulfs the lives of 246 million children today. In extraordinary footage of their working conditions, child slaves, bonded laborers and laboring poor children from eight countries (including the US) tell their own stories . . . children forced to pick pesticide- laden tobacco, coffee and vegetables, kids chained to looms, boys kidnapped to work on fishing platforms at sea, girls trafficked for prostitution, children scavenging at dumps and enslaved at rock quarries and brick kilns. All these children tell their stories in their own words.

STOLEN CHILDHOODS features interviews with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, human rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, and Senator Tom Harkin, who calls the world's child laborers, "a breeding ground for Osama's Bin Laden's army and future terrorists."

At a time of increasing global insecurity, STOLEN CHILDHOODS reveals the risks of the world community continuing to waste these children's lives. It portrays local, national and international solutions at work to end child labor, offering a humanitarian path to a more stable world. It gives voice to children still lost to work and it celebrates the resilience of kids whose lives have been saved. It is a shocking, hopeful and energizing film and a call to action.