(86 minute) Brazil/Kenya/India/Indonesia/Mexico/USA
Directors: Leonard Morris
and Robin Romano
Producer: Leonard Morris
Stolen Childhoods places childrens stories in
the broader context of the worldwide struggle against child labor.
The film provides an understanding of the causes of child labor,
what it costs the global community, how it contributes to global
insecurity, and what it will take to eliminate it. Shot in seven
countriesBrazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, and
the United Statesthe film includes slave and bonded labor
footage never seen before. It has framing interviews with US Senator
Tom Harkin and includes human rights advocates for children such
as Bruce Harris, Pharis Harvey, Inderjit Khurana and Wangari Mathai.
In the words of the children we see the effects of public policy,
poverty, prejudice, and multinational profit on the lives of our
most helpless and exploited global work force. The film chronicles
both stolen childhoods and the lucky former child laborers who can
teach us how to create a more equitable world.
A member of the Directors Guild of America, Leonard
Morris has produced, directed, and edited television documentaries
for twenty years. His programs have been syndicated and broadcast
on ABC, NBC, HBO, TNT, PBS, and other cable and international networks.
Lens independent production company Galen Films has produced
numerous award-winning documentaries, ranging from US-Russian-Ugandan
production about solutions to hunger in Africa, Africa on the
Move, to entertainment specials like Big Guns Talk: The Story
of the Western for TNT, which won a CableAce for Best Cultural
Programming. Recent projects include Voices from South Africa
and A History of Philanthropy for the Carnegie Corporation;
a history of the Hallmark company; and Forty Years of Passion,
a history of regional theater in America for the Theatre Communications
Group. Len is the recipient of an Independent Filmmaker 5 Award
from the American Film Institute. He holds a MS in Broadcasting
from Boston University.
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