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Children in the US and Western Europe

Big Mama
Depicts Viola Dees, a devoted, 89-year old grandmother, in her struggle to raise her orphaned 9-year old grandson in South Central Los Angeles. She must contend with her own declining health and a bureaucratic and legal system that continually threatens to force them apart. Directed by Tracy Seretean. 2000. 40 min. Video/C 9420

Awards

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Gate Award

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Buying Into Sexy
A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min. DVD 8870

Child Protective Services
his sensitive and sometimes anguishing documentary ventures behind the closed doors of America's child-protection system chronicling the raw and powerful day-to-day operations of one child-protection office in San Diego County, California. The film follows frontline workers in an Emergency Response Unit, shows social workers helping to re-unite torn families, and sits in on emotionally charged final courtroom decisions. Produced, directed and written by Matthew Eisen. 2002. Video/C 9523

Family Planning and Child Welfare: Making the Connection
A film which demonstrates to social workers methods for initiating and maintaining sensitive and supportive conversations about family planning with their clients, with particular emphasis on those who chronically use alcohol and other drugs. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5663

Fatherhood USA. Dedicated, Not Deadbeat
More often than not, the media portrays young men in tough circumstances as "deadbeat dads." Presenting powerful evidence to the contrary, this program looks at fathers in Baltimore and Boston who are seeking to break the chain of negligence, abuse, and abandonment. Issues such as welfare reform and the need for counseling are addressed, along with the benefits of community support. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 57 min. Video/C 8146

Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County
A documentary that explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest regions of America. The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don't earn enough to own or rent homes. As a result, they continue to live week-to-week in motels, hoping against hope for an opportunity that might allow them to move up. A filmed by Alexandra Pelosi. c2010. 60 min. DVD X5243

The Medicated Child
Ten years ago, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall were the drugs of choice to treat behavioral issues in children. Today, children as young as four years old, are being prescribed more powerful anti-psychotic medications that are much less understood. The drugs can cause serious side effects and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. The increase in the use of anti-psychotics is directly tied to the rising incidence of one particular diagnosis, bipolar disorder. Experts estimate that the number of kids with the diagnosis is now over a million and rising. Written, produced and directed by Marcela Gaviria. Originally presented as a segment on the television program Frontline in 2008. 60 min. DVD 9534

The Merchants of Cool
Examines the tactics, techniques and cultural ramifications of marketing moguls who are seeking the teen market. Explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and the relationships among teens, parents, the media and the marketers of popular culture. Originally produced as a segment on the television program Frontline. Dist.: PBS. c2001. 60 min. DVD 1633; also on VHS Video/C 8130

American Library Assn. Video Roundtable Notable Video

Mothers in Prison: Children in Crisis.
Eighty percent of women in prison are mothers. Seventy-five percent are mothers of minor children and studies show that these children are 5 to 6 times more likely to be imprisoned in their futures. At a time when tougher prison sentences are being handed down and more children are being affected by a parent's incarceration, this documentary looks at the social, economic, political, and emotional costs. Includes interviews with mothers in prison in Arkansas, their children, caregivers, child welfare experts and prison authorities in an attempt to illustrate how a mother's incarceration affects her children. 2002. 57 min. Video/C MM710

Our Children at Risk
Documentary examines why millions of American children fail to reach their full developmental potential and considers steps needed to be taken to rectify this crisis. Discusses the need for better health care for poor families. Presents interviews with mothers on Medicaid who can't afford better health care for their children. Includes interviews with medical doctors. Dist.: Filmakers Library. 1993. 32 min. Video/C 3337

Our Families, Our Future
Film visits six family support programs that focus on prevention, family protection and co-operation to heal America's families. Among those agencies highlighted are First Start, Home Ties, Teen Parenting Program and the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development. c1993. 60 min. Video/C 3336

Description from Filmmakers Library catalog

Rhyme Pays: Hip Hop and the Marketing of Cool
As savvy teens lose interest in traditional forms of advertising, product placement in lyrics and music videos has become big, big business for manufacturers and rappers alike. Drawing on interviews with Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def jam Records; Camille hackney, of Elektra Entertainment Group; Damon Dash, CEO of Foc-a-fella Enterprises; media literacy advocate Debbie Gordon; and numerous Canadian rap artists, this program follows the money into the music/marketing arena. Originally aired on April 6, 2004 on the television program Marketplace. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 58 min. DVD 8872

Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence /
Analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Experts criticize an unhealthy culture created by advertising and the media, and the many examples shown illustrate how children are reduced to consumers bombarded with images of girls treated as purely sexual objects. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 36 min. DVD 8891

Take It From Me
Follows four welfare mothers over the course of two years as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. Concludes that though many welfare recipients are motivated to go to work, many are not landing on their feet and there are no easy answers to the problems of welfare dependency. Directed and produced by Emily Abt. 2001. 75 min. Video/C 9731

Take This Heart
Follows the daily lives of three Seattle boys in foster care who struggle to make sense of their harsh fates, each in his own way. Their stories reveal the remarkable resiliency and the tough-minded will with which they go on with their lives, not utterly consoled, but not broken, either. Directed by Kathryn Hunt. 1997. 55 min. Video/C MM595

Thanh's War.
The long-term effects of the Vietnam War are examined through the eyes of Thanh, injured and orphaned by a grenade as a 12-year-old in 1968, brought to the United States for treatment, and raised by an American foster family. After several visits to Vietnam as an adult, he marries a young woman from his village. This extraordinary documentary illuminates Thanh's courageous story as he grapples with the emotional legacy of the war and tries to make his way in two vastly different cultures. Directors, Elizabeth Farnsworth, John Knoop. 58 min. Video/C 5079

International Issues

3551, A Story of Change
Presents the demobilization process of some 3551 child soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Army by UNICEF in southern Sudan. 199? 28 min. DVD 7453

A-OK?(Life, Part 26)
In underdeveloped countries children with Vitamin A deficiency run the risk of dying from common childhood illnesses. The cost of ensuring all children receive enough Vitamin A is small, but improves children's chances of survival by 25%. This episode looks at Vitamin A distribution programs in Ghana, Uganda, India and Guatemala. Video/C 7786

Bullfrog Films catalog description

About the United Nations: Human Rights
In all countries children are the victims of abuse, deprivation, hunger, disease, oppressive labor practices, lack of education and even lack of a personal identity. To protect the future, the General Assembly of the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which calls on all countries to ratify a set of international standards and behaviors regarding the treatment of all children. 1991. 16 min. Video/C MM719

Ajit (The Unconquerable).
Film is a close-up view of an eight-year-old boy who works as a domestic in a middle class Calcutta household. He is shown at his daily tasks--sweeping, cleaning, laundry, and caring for his employer's children. There is no time for school but when he is interviewed, Ajit says he is fortunate for in this household he is given ample food as wages, while in the countryside he often went hungry. 1996. 28 min. Video/C 4915

All Our Futures
Shows the worldwide efforts of UNICEF to provide children and mothers with nutritious food and an adequate diet, pure water, disease control and basic health education. Focuses on projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 1989. 28 min. Video/C MM563

Anonymously Yours
An extraordinary documentary shot clandestinely in Burma, the film examines sex-trafficking in Southeast Asia through interviews with four young women. The brutal honesty of their stories exposes the commonplace bartering and selling of women and the cycles of poverty that enslave them. From the back rooms of teashops and restaurants to the lounges of five-star hotels, the Far East sex trade thrives on the routine merchandising of girls and women for the sexual pleasure of men from all cultures. 2002. 58 min. Video/C 9864

Ballad of the Little Soldier (Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten)
A film about indigenous Contra child soldiers tragically caught up in the Miskito Indian resistance of Nicaragua. A tribute to all those children who are being forced to fight wars at ever younger ages in ever larger numbers. Written and directed by Werner Herzog and Denis Reichle. 1984. 45 min. DVD 6505

Csicsery, George Paul. "Ballad of the Little Soldier": Werner Herzog in a Political Hall of Mirrors." Film Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter, 1985-1986), pp. 7-15 UC users only

Bangkok Girl
This tragic documentary provides a glimpse into Thailand's notorious and booming sex tourism industry through the experiences of a 19-year-old bar girl named Pla. Working in the bars from the age of thirteen, Pla has managed to avoid selling her body--a remarkable revelation given her surroundings--but her refusal to take part in this all-too-common profession for young Thai women cannot last. The introduction of falangs, or foreigners, to Thailand has forever changed the city, the economy, the Thai people's lives and desires. A daring and unabashed look at a popular Western predilection through the eyes of one girl, this film challenges the accepted worldwide practice of sex tourism. Directed and written by Jordan Clark. Dist: Moving Images Distribution. 2005. 43 min. Video/C 8310

Bangladesh
A documentary on how one of the poorest nations, with a population of 120 million, managed to creatively tackle the enormous challenge of educating its many children. The program highlights government efforts to make schools more accessible, particularly to girls. One compelling story features Shumi, the daughter of a peddler, who longs for an education and a better life than her parents. 1998. 29 min. Video/C 6112

Beyond Good & Evil: Children, Media and Violent Times.
Intro: Where were you? -- A simple story -- Playing at war -- Constructing the enemy. "Full of poignant footage and moving responses from children, exposes how the media has been used to earn public support for the U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq. The news coverage, as well as movies, television shows and video games that have incorporated the narrative of war into their storylines, has an especially profound influence on children, who often bring both entertainment and real-world violence to their play. This video examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, has helped children to dehumanize the enemies, justify their killing and treat the suffering of innocent civilians as necessary sacrifice." c2003. 37 min. DVD 6703

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The Blood of Yingzhou District.
Documentary on the AIDS epidemic in rural China focusing on one year in the life of a young boy with AIDS whose parents have died of the disease. Looks at how people living with the disease are ostracized. Shows how economic realities force many of the population into selling their blood to make ends meet, a practice that can expose them to unsafe medical practices that can expose them to the virus. Directed by Ruby Yang. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2006. 40 min. DVD 8244

Awards

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Silverdocs Documentary Festival - Grand Jury Award

The Body Parts Business.
Follows Covenant House worker, Bruce Harris, as he visits Argentina and Central America to investigate the murder of homeless children and patients in mental health facilities as sources of body parts for the black market. 1994. 62 min. Video/C 4375

Bolivian Blues.(Life, Part 27)
In Bolivia, 10% of children are undernourished and average school attendance is less than 7 years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investments and its landlocked geography limits access to export markets. But there are signs of change. This program explores the success of a new initiative "Dialogo 2000: si se puede" designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction. Video/C 7787

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Born Into Brothels
While living in the red light district of Calcutta and documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives. A film by Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski. c2005. 83 min. DVD 4383

Awards
Academy Awards - Best Documentary, Features
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Audience Award
International Documentary Association Award - Feature Documentary
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Documentary

Curry, Andrew. "Young Eyes on Calcutta." Smithsonian, May2005, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p62-66, 5p UC users only
Fowler, Raymond D. "Born into Brothels." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 50 (30), 2005. UC users only
Michel, Frann. "From 'Their Eyes' to 'New Eyes': Suffering Victims and Cultivated Aesthetics in Born into Brothels." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 53-61, Summer 2007 UC users only
Rangan, Pooja. "Immaterial Child Labor: Media Advocacy, Autoethnography, and the Case of Born into Brothels." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 25, no. 75 [3], pp. 143-177, 2011 UC users only
Roth, Joshua Hotaka. "Born Into Brothels." American Anthropologist, Mar2010, Vol. 112 Issue 1, p151-152, 2p UC users only
Smith, Debbie James. "Big-Eyed, Wide-Eyed, Sad-Eyed Children: Constructing the Humanitarian Space in Social Justice Documentaries." Studies in Documentary Film, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 159-175, 2009 UC users only
Tres, Georgia. "The Hip Ephebe: Hollywood and Ethnicity." International Journal of the Humanities; Nov2007, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p65-70, 6p UC users only

Born into Prostitution: The Badis of Nepal
A daughter of a Badi prostitute is required to be registered under the surname Nepali. So marked from birth, she is born into prostitution and is expected to follow her mother into that trade-- unless the family, the Dalit community, or charitable NGOs are moved to help them make a change. This program profiles two Badi families and the positive efforts of one former prostitute and the director of Social Awareness for Education to assist them. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 28 min. DVD 9194

Boys, Toys and the Big Blue Marble (Des billes, des ballons et des garçons)
A documentary about the unenviable existence of millions of young boys around the world who are pressed into forced labour, fundamentalist religious indoctrination, military service (while they are still smaller than the guns they carry) and prostitution rings. All too often these boys are forgotten, their fate sealed from their infancy. As they are abused and their spirit is crushed, they repeat the cycle as adults, abusing and crushing the next generation. The film travels to Bolivia, Sri-Lanka, Burma, Brazil and Mali, and is told from the boys' viewpoint. Director, Marquise Lepage. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 52 min. DVD X275

Calcutta Calling.
A white luxury tour bus squeezes its way through a narrow Calcutta alleyway, child beggars clawing at its windows. The kids inside the bus look like Indian children, but for their walkmans, hip hugger jeans, and white American parents. They're separated from the children on the street by a thin window, and a stroke of luck. Adopted from Calcutta and raised in rural, Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota, these girls and their adoptive parents are visiting the girls country of birth for the first time. The film follows three families hog farmers, lesbian moms, and a girl who is the only brown kid in her high school as they travel from the prairie to the crowded, urban chaos of Northern India. It's journey of friendship among Minnesota teenagers who find their reflection not only in the children on the street, but in each other. UCB student film by Shasha Khokha. 2004. 27 min. DVD 4391; vhs Video/C MM512

Cambodia's Children: Investing in Their Future
Cambodia had to start from scratch after two decades of war and devastation. In the education sector the problems were immense: an acute shortage of teachers since many had been killed under the Khmer Rouge regime, inadequate classrooms, an antiquated curriculum and a dearth of teaching materials. With the help of the international community, Cambodia is rebuilding from the bottom up, targeting the primary school sector in an effort to increase literacy and reduce the drop-out rate. 1996. 11 min. Video/C MM123

Captive Servants and Child Prostitution (Modern Slavery Series)
House slavery, the confinement and coercion of unpaid domestic servants, occurs far more frequently across Europe and the United States than most people realize. Even more alarming is the wide-spread use of children as fodder for prostitution rings around the world. This program profiles a Moroccan-born former house slave named Rania, whose father, believing she would be educated and cared for, allowed her to be taken to France at the age of eight. Viewers also meet Sino and La Thiya, Cambodian victims of Southeast Asia's rampant child sex industry. Both case studies are chilling in their accounts of deception and exploitation, yet they also convey the possibility of personal transcendence and justice. Directors, Thomas Robsahm and Tina Davis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2008. 45 min. DVD X7070

Chatila, Beirut 2001
Examines living conditions in the Chatila Refugee Camp for Palestinian Arabs in the suburbs of Beirut as seen through the eyes of the children. The film also explores themes such as the experience of exile and Palestinian national identity in the diaspora; the cult of martyrdom; and the role that media coverage of the intifada has played in politicizing youth in the camp. Filmed and edited by Diana Allan. c2002. 44 min. Video/C MM114

Cheated of Childhood. (Life, Part 38)
The city of St. Petersburg, Russia has become home to a generation of street children who survive by begging, informal child labor or prostitution. This segment looks at the work of the International Labor Organization, whose efforts to rescue and rehabilitate these street children is an wholly new phenomenon in Russia. Video/C 9847

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Child Labor. [Part 1](Human Rights & Wrongs)
First segment: Looks at Pakistan's system of child labor and the movement to abolish it with excerpts from "The Carpet," a documentary film by Magnus Bergmar. The segment concludes with an examination of the tragic death of Iqbal Masih and charges that his death was part of a conspiracy against him by Pakistan's carpet "mafia." Second segment: An interview with UNICEF deputy executive director, Guido Bertolaso. Broadcast April 25, 1995. 27 min. Video/C 6720

Child Labor. [Part 2](Human Rights & Wrongs)
First segment: Investigates the complicity of U.S. corporations in the global exploitation of children through the promotion by celebrity endorsements of products produced by children in Third World Countries. Includes excerpts from the film "Zoned for slavery." Second segment: Examines the life a child worker in Pakistan's brick kiln industry through excerpts from the film "My life is mine," produced by Magnus Bergmar. Third segment: New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert, discusses the response of American corporations to the public outcry against child labor. Broadcast July 24, 1996. 27 min. Video/C 6741

Children & Human Rights [Part 1](Human Rights & Wrongs)
First segment: An overview of the conditions of children around the world with a discussion of their intrinsic rights to live, to be free from abuse and forced labor and provided with health care and education. Second segment: Presents a rap video, "What's the right?" written and performed by students at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in New York. Third segment: Profiles a 13 year old African-American boy living in Washington, D.C. and a 15 year old girl in India. Fourth segment: Reports on the recent brutality against Brazilian street children. Program concludes with Judy Collins' song, I Dream of Peace, accompanied by drawings and writings of children living with war.Broadcast June 11, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6713

Children & Human Rights [Part 2](Human Rights & Wrongs)
First segment: Profiles Geoffrey Canada who directs Harlem's Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families which provides quality preventive social services to New York City's most devastated communities. Second segment: Appalachian youth talk about how their lives are being turned around by a group called Appalshop, a nonprofit media center, radio station and recording studio. Third segment: An interview with Marian Wright Edelman, founder and director of the Children's Defense Fund.Broadcast April 4, 1995. 27 min. Video/C6717

Children & Human Rights [Part 3](Human Rights & Wrongs)
First segment: A look at the "Stand for Children" rally, where hundreds of thousands of Americans and children's rights advocates gathered in Washington, DC to give voice to children's rights as human rights. Second segment: A look at the Denmark's Children's Council, one of the first attempts to bring the voice of children directly into the seat of government. Third segment: Yasmin, a street child in India, shows her world and the importance of education through her personal video diary. Broadcast June 26, 1996. 27 min. Video/C 6737

Children for Sale: Dateline with Stone Phillips; NBC News.
Presents an undercover investigation with hidden cameras, of the illegal sex industry that victimizes Cambodian children, and efforts to stop it. Also investigates the activities of American sex tourists who travel to Cambodia to exploit the hundreds of thousands of girls and boys who have been bought, sold or kidnapped and then forced to have sex. In interviews these "tourists" claim they're involved in nothing more than prostitution, but by any definition it is rape. A segment from the January 23, 2003 NBC News television program, Dateline NBC. 2004. 43 min. Video/C MM75

Children in No Man's Land (Niños en tierra de nadie)
Relates the story of Maria de Jesus (13) and her cousin Rene (12) as they attempt to cross the Mexican-American Border Region alone to reunite with their mothers in the Midwest. Focusing on minors crossing through the Sonora Desert area in Nogales, Arizona, this film explores every detail of these children's journey as well as the journeys of other children we meet on the way. Directed by Anayansi Prado. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 39 min. DVD X4055

Children of Asia: Making a Difference
Presents four stories of children in Asia who are making a difference by overcoming their environments. The 1st work focuses on child laborers in southern India who form a union to defend their rights, the 2nd focuses on a teenage girl in northern Thailand coping with becoming an AIDS orphan, the 3rd focuses on children in East Timor striving to overcome the trauma of armed conflict, and the 4th focuses on poor children in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India who are benefiting from information and communication technology. 2001. 50 min. Video/C MM449

The Children of Chabannes.
During World War II many Jewish children were sent out of occupied countries in search of safety. Chabannes, France housed about 400 such refugees in a local chateau used as a school. This documentary presents the accounts of some of the students, teachers and townspeople of the efforts to protect the children in 1942 when the war came to Chabannes. Directed and edited by Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell. c2005. 93 min. DVD 4395

Children of Fire.
Personal view into the lives of the children of the Palestinian uprising, as seen through their eyes. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 3630

Children of Golzow.
Begun in August 1961, this longest running documentary in the history of film chronicles the lives of nine children growing up in the German Democratic Republic. It follows their lives for almost four decades beginning in the rural town of Golzow providing a social panorama of life in the GDR. Central themes in the documentary are the relationships between generations, trust and responsibility, daily work, as well as existential questions about war and peace. c1999. 2 tapes. 256 min. Video/C 7149

Children of the Crisis
Documentary that looks at children that live or work on the streets in Jakarta and how a community-based program is helping educate them and provide vocational training. Also examines the reasons many parents must leave their children unattended or give them to orphanages. 1999. 13 min. Video/C MM125

The Children of Soong Ching Ling
After glimpsing the conditions in which Chinese children lived prior to the programs and facilities instituted by Madame Sun Yat-Sen in 1949, this program goes on to document how the Chinese are attempting to provide their children with the health, education, and skills that they will need in the modern world. 1985. 29 min. Video/C MM564

Children of the Night.
A heart-wrenching visually arresting documentary spotlighting dozens of the children of the holocaust through photos, silent film footage and lyrical commentary by author Marion Wiesel. Director, Jolanta Dylewska. 1999. 18 min. DVD 6527

Children Remember the Holocaust.
Examines the plight of Jewish children during the Holocaust as revealed through their diaries. Director, Mark Gordon. 1996. 47 min. Video/C 5313

Children Speak
These are the proceedings of a national children's conference organized by the Kenya Alliance for the Advancement of Children in October 2002 where the children discussed the issues touching on children's rights in the draft constitution and gave suggestions and recommendations. 20 min. Video/C MM1203

Children Underground
Documentary on a year in the lives of five homeless Romanian children who make their home in a subway station in Bucharest. Begging on the streets, drug addicted, and painfully unaware of the cruel horrors of their soul-crushing existence, the story unfolds to reveal their harrowing day-to-day struggle for survival. Bonus features: Filmmaker statement, "Where are they now" updates, filmmaker and additional crew biographies, resource links.Produced and directed by Edet Belzberg. 2001. 104 min. DVD X2640; vhs Video/C 9451

A Child's Century of War
From the perspective of children, takes the viewer on a journey through the past century, examining the way in which modern wars have increasingly threatened and targeted children. Three contemporary conflicts are at the heart of the film. Telling their stories in their own voices, we hear from orphans of the two recent Chechen wars, from children in Hebron on the West Bank and from the abducted, raped and amputated children of Sierra Leone. c2001. 90 min. Video/C 9452

Awards
Notable Video for Adults, American Library Association

Description from Icarus Films Catalog

China's Lost Girls.
Examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, "one-child policy" designed to curb the country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. The program follows American families as they travel to China to adopt some of these girls. c2004. 43 min. DVD 4675

Danger: Children at Work(Life; 32)
Part of a series examining the issue of glabalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. This segment looks at the production of fireworks by poor families and their children in Guatemala. Since the land is poor, many have turned from agriculture to producing fireworks at home. The practice has become the major source of income for 80% of local people, with no safety controls and frequent accidents.

Bullfrog Films catalog description

Debt Bondage and Child Soldiers
Indentured servitude, however dehumanizing, played a role in the colonization and development of early America. But its 21st-century incarnation, the practice of debt bondage, contributes virtually nothing to the common good of southern Asia. This program examines the plight of workers in India's rural areas, exposing the conditions in which they toil to pay off staggering personal debts. More tragic still are the ranks of child soldiers forced to fight in African militias and armies. Viewers meet Moses, who was kidnapped as a boy and absorbed into Uganda's LRA insurgency. The film shows him going through the process of shedding his soldier's ways, rejoining his family, and trying to reclaim his life. Directors, Thomas Robsahm and Tina Davis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2008. 45 min. DVD X7071

The Devil's Miner
The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosi). Abandoning their Catholic beliefs, Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there. A film by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. 2005. 82 min. DVD 5345

Everyone's Child.
Through the tragic story of one Zimbabwean family devastated by AIDS, the film makes an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of orphaned children. The film was produced in direct response to the prediction that by the year 2000 there will be over 10 million AIDS orphans on the African continent. At the same time, the film focuses attention on millions of other children left homeless by civil wars or abandoned because their parents could not support them. 1996. 83 min. Video/C 5253

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Falling Into the Trade Gap
Do you know where your fashions come from? This video introduces you to Leslie, a 16 year old Honduran girl, who makes sweaters for Liz Claiborne, earning 60 cents for each one completed. Her story is a common one among many girls in Central America. In countries across the region young women work 12 hour days making clothing for U.S. companies such as Liz Claiborne and the Gap. Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee joins Paper Tiger in piecing together this ironic tale of the bitter reality behind these popular clothing manufacturers. New York: Paper Tiger Television, 1995. 30 min. Video/C MM1212

Five Days to Change the World
This documentary about the recent Hague Appeal for Peace and Justice focuses on a group of young people at the world's largest peace conference as they create their own agenda for peace in the 21st century. Includes speeches and interviews with activists, young and old, who devise concrete steps aimed at stopping war and the use of child soldiers, land mines, the trade in small arms, nuclear weapons, and the institution of a permanent international criminal court, peace education, and reducing debt by poor countries. Archival footage places these issues in historic context. Produced and directed by Robert Richter. 2001. 57 min. Video/C 9008

Fragile Promise
What promise does the new millennium hold for Asia's vast army of child laborers? One answer can be found in Bangalore, India where working children have organized a union to fight for their rights and welfare. This is the story of children changing their lives for the better, children for whom the future holds a fragile promise. 2001. 11 min. Video/C 9142

Gandhi's Children
The Prayas Children's Home for Boys is located in one of the poorer quarters of New Delhi. The residents are orphans, or boys who have run away from home, or were picked up from the streets. One day, 181 boys arrive, having been rescued from a child labor factory. Despite the harshness of their lives, many of these children show extraordinary strength of character. Often left to their own devices, they institute a seemingly arbitrary set of checks and balances to make sense of the mayhem around them. Produced by David MacDougall. 2008. 185 min. DVD X3284

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Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade.
Follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people" Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. Produced and directed by Mai Iskander. 2009. 79 min. DVD X2691

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Gathering of Little Men (Encuentro de hombrecitos)
Depicts the life of children in Lima, Peru who work in the streets as hawkers, grocery carriers or loaders. Some help their parents; others live in the streets. Few of them attend school. In Spanish. 1980? 30 min. Video/C 4224

Gem Slaves: Tanzanite's Child Labour
Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children undergound. 2006. 15 min. DVD 9948

Give Me a Shilling: Phenomenon of the Street Children
Presents the Charles Lwanga Watoto Project, the efforts of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga not only to rehabilitate Nairobi's street children, but to prevent slum children from ending up in the streets. Features life in the slums of Nairobi, the situation of the street children, the efforts of the social workers to involve the children's parents, the various reception centers, the vocational school, the Boy's Town Ruai Residential School, the community of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga as well as interviews with former street children and with various directors and benefactors of the project. c1996. 45 min. Video/C 9112

God Among the Children.(Life, Part 22)
The Boston Ten Point Coalition is an ecumenical group working to mobilize the community around issues affecting black and Latino youth -- especially those at risk from violence and drug abuse. The coalition's goals are to make the local churches more effective in the work of rebuilding the community by getting out into the streets to work with the city's growing numbers of alienated young people. Video/C 778

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God Grew Tired of Us
Presents the plight of young, male Sudanese refugees, known as "lost boys," being displaced to foreign countries due to civil war in their homeland. The film tells the story of three of the lost boys who struggled to come to the United States for a better life, while still attempting to assist the family and friends they have left behind. Directed by Christopher Quinn. Special features: Optional commentary with the director and Lost Boys; "Finding the Lost Boys" (16 min.); theatrical trailer (3 min.); "Take action" featuring messages from Dau and Bior, and website links for Sudanese relief charities. 2007. 90 min. DVD X1619

Lost Boys of Sudan.
A Great Wonder

A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan Resettling in America
More than 2 million Sudanese have died in the longest uninterrupted civil war in the world. This film traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans, a fraction of the 17,000 so-called "lost boys" of Sudan, and their arrival and resettlement in Seattle. Not your average immigration story, the 3 youths using digital video cameras, recorded their own experiences over the course of 18 months. The resulting "diaries" serve as a personal thread throughout the film, incorporating first-hand accounts of their experiences in war and with their radically different lives as immigrants in America. Producer & director, Kim Shelton. 2003. 61 min. DVD 2762

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Lost Boys of Sudan.
God Grew Tired of Us

A Guerra Dos Meninos (Children's War)
Interviews with "street children", social workers, policemen, and the public about the murders of large numbers of abandoned children who are living in the streets of Brazil. Based on the book by Gilberto Dimenstein. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1991. 51 min. Video/C 4230

A Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Documentary on the reasons behind the success of the SOS Children's villages in India. 2004. 30 min. DVD 7058

Los herederos: un documental (The Inheritors)
Depicts the lives of children and their families who labor in the Mexican countryside. The film takes us into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry, work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. Everyone-from the frailest elders to the smallest of toddlers-must work revealing how the cycle of poverty is passed on, from one generation to another. A film by Eugenio Polgovsky. c2008. 90 min. DVD X2318

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Harvesting Girls
Documentary film investigates the corrupt practice of selling infant girls by Lambadi-, ethinic group in Telangana India. Directed by K.N.T. Sastry. 2003. 30 min. DVD 7054

Highway Courtesans
Examines the unusual custom of the Bachchara community in India which demands that the eldest daughter born to every family must work as a prostitute to support their entire household. Known as a Khilawadi, their positions are stronger than that of the male members of the community. Directed by Mystelle Brabbee Filmed in Central India from 1995 to 2004. 71 min. DVD 4508

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Catsoulis, Jeannette. "Highway Courtesans." New York Times, 12/1/2006, Vol. 156 Issue 53780, pE12,
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Highway to Hell: Trafficking of Girls from Nepal to India
Examines the plight of Nepalese girls tricked into leaving home, often with the promise of marriage or legitimate employment, then sold to brothels in India. A film by Meera Dewan. 2000. 38 min. Video/C 9738

I Am a Child!
Through compelling images and moving personal stories, investigates the issue of child labor through children at work in the fields and plantations of Kenya, in the streets and workshops of Thailand, and in the charcoal yards of Brazil. 1999. 52 min. Video/C MM1129

India Inhales. (Life; 12)
Every day in India, another 55,000 children start smoking. This film explores the cynicism of the major global tobacco companies' campaigns in India with particular reference to the largest firm in India, ITC Limited. It also looks at the work of activists who have pledged to try to stop them -- and to halt the soaring increase in cancer cases in India that result from smoking. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7772

India: The Little Serfs
This program spotlights the exploitation of children in India as bond slaves in the rug-weaving, bangle-making, quarrying, and gemstone-cutting industries and the measures being taken to eradicate this practice. Dist: Films Media Group. c2000. 45 min. Video/C 7840

India: Working to End Child Labor.(What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)
This documentary follows the lives of 5 child laborers in India: Bala (11) and Rama (9), stone cutters; an 8 year old girl who makes incense sticks; a 7 year old girl who works 10 hours a day in the poppy fields and a 10 year old boy who was pulled out of school to tend cattle. Also tells of the work of political science professor Shanta Sinha's program that rescues children from jobs and places them in a special school program. The film makes a strong case that child labor increases poverty levels. 2004. 26 min. DVD 5450

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
A documentary on the Kindertransport rescue operation in which 10,000 Jewish children were saved from Hitler's grasp and placed with foster parents and hostels in Great Britain at the outbreak of World War II. Includes archival footage and decades-later remembrances of both the rescuers and the rescued. Special features: two feature-length commentaries by the filmmakers, with bonus video segments branching from the track; bonus interviews with Lord Richard Attenborough and other Kindertransport participants; coverage of the London and Berlin premieres featuring HRH Prince Charles and Chancellor Gerhard Schroder; historical artifacts and memorabilia from the Kinder photo gallery; Kinder, parent and rescuer profiles; original theatrical trailer; filmmaker career highlights. Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris. 2000. 118 min. DVD 1042

Awards
Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

My Knees were Jumping

Island to Island
Since 1993, the Global Children's Organization has provided summer camps to children who have suffered as innocent victims of regional violence. Our programs are planned and implemented in collaboration with members of the communities we serve. Staffed by volunteers from around the world, GCO programs for children in the Balkans, from Northern Ireland and from troubled, violence-ridden neighborhoods of Los Angeles have been inspired by the vision that peace is a possibility. This film visits children from Bosnia and Hercegovina who attended the "Island to Island" summer camp of 1994. 8 min. DVD 7326

It Takes a Child: Craig Kielburger's Story: A Journey into Child Labour
In 1995 when child labor activist Iqbal Masih was killed in Pakistan, that event changed Craig Kielburger's life forever. He went on a seven-week trip to South Asia to find out everything he could about the lives of child laborers. What he learned has turned him into a passionate, articulate, and incredibly effective advocate on their behalf. With a group of his peers Craig has founded "Free the Children," a children's organization that now has 10, 000 members in 20 countries. Directed by Judy Jackson. c1998. 56 min. Video/C 8118

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Jagriti (The Awakening).
This film is about Jagriti, a school for the children of Motia Khan, a slum in the poorest district of Delhi. Although set in India, this film is a case study of the political roadblocks, red tape, and corruption often encountered by samaritans in poor areas all around the world. 1991. 25 min. Video/C 3043

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Kim's Story: The Road From Vietnam.
This is the story of Kim Phuc, who was photographed as a nine year old girl running naked down a road in Vietnam, screaming in agony from napalm burns. Now, in order to confront her past, Kim comes to America on a remarkable odyssey to Washington's Vietnam War Memorial wall, as part of Veterans Day ceremonies. There she makes it clear that her mission is one of forgiveness and a wider healing. Directed, produced and written by Shelley Saywell. 1996. 48 min. DVD X3434; Video/C 4955

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Kosodo: The Village of Grandmothers
A documentary looking at the activities of the Help Orphan Project, a community based program that helps AIDS orphans who are left under the care of their grandparents in the Kosodo Village of Rongo Division, Kenya. It depicts the sufferings of the children who have lost both parents to AIDS and the struggles of those who work with meager resources to rehabilitate the orphans in their natural environment. c2003. 21 min. Video/C MM385

Kumari: Living Goddess of Nepal
In Nepal an ancient tradition survives to this day : young girls are chosen to become goddesses and taken away from their families to live in a temple where people come to worship them and pray for good fortune. In a country where girls are seen as second class citizens, the worshipping of a girl child could be seen as a positive role model, but some are adamant that the tradition should be stopped as the young girls miss out on their family and school life and suffer serious psychological problems as a result. This film looks at the life of three young goddesses and explores the debates for and against this unique tradition. A film by Tassia Kobylinska. c2005. 27 min. DVD X4230

Lage Jiva Ghar Ghar: A Document on Women and Shelter.
Traces the differential socialization of the girl child in India, which is geared towards preparation for marriage, rather than for earning an independent livelihood. It highlights the skewed access to ownership of property in a patriarchal society which denies women their basic right to shelter, forcing them to continue living in abusive marriages. Also examinines the limitation of alternative sources of shelter, such as working women's hostels, shelter homes for women in distress and homes for the aged. 199? 44 min. PAL format. Video/C 466

Lessons from Life
When the people of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia militia groups opposed to independence went on a rampage, burning, looting and killing the people. The toll on children was especially high with 90% of the primary schools destroyed or badly damaged. Nevertheless, within months children were back at school holding classes in the ruins. This tells the story of East Timorese children determined to continue their education, learning to cope with the trauma left by the devastation that marked the birth of their country. c2001. 14 min. Video/C 9144

Life and Debt: Economics and the Murder of Street children in Rio de Janeiro. (Developing Stories).
This film shows how dire economic conditions in Brazil have led to the murder of 500 street children per year in Rio de Janeiro. A staggering debt, uncontrolled deforestation, and massive dislocation have all contributed to this scandalous murder spree. 1992. 48 min. Video/C 3868

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Listen to the Kids! (Life 4)
One in five of the world's population is aged between 12 and 18. In developing countries, where the percentage is much higher, children and young people often carry a huge burden of responsibility yet rarely are their views taken into account. This program reports on a UNICEF initiative to involve children in decisions that affect their own futures, their families and communities. From post-conflict Sri Lanka to the back-streets of New Delhi children are campaigning to be heard: street children forming the Children's Council in New Delhi, a teenage photographer campaigning for girls to be able to stay in school in Bangladesh, a sixteen year-old fighting discrimination against HIV/AIDS sufferers in Nepal. Directed and produced by Di Tatham. 25 min. DVD 3954

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Lost Boys of Sudan
Focuses on the journey of two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by the war in Sudan, who travel to America looking for a safer environment where they find they must grapple with extreme cultural differences and learn to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society. Directed and produced by Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk. 2003. 87 min. DVD 3110

God Grew Tired of Us.
A Great Wonder

The Lost Generation: Everyone's Problem
Tells the story of an American missionary couple, Julianne & Joe Kurowski, who upon retiring, come to Kisumu, Kenya to help needy children. They adopt eleven children and in addition, take upon themselves to care for the many HIV/AIDS orphans in the area. They choose to address the plight of these orphans within their natural environment by allowing the community to play an active role by establishing a Community Based Organization (CBO) to look into the welfare of HIV/AIDS orphans. 2003. 27 min. Video/C MM984

Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
Mothers who believe their children were kidnapped by the Argentine government tell how they banded together in 1977 to demonstrate in the Plaza de Mayo. SEE ALSO: Spoils of War. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1986. 64 min. Video/C 2180

A Massacre Remembered.
Tells the story of Jesus Tecu Osorio, one of the few survivors of the Rio Negro Massacre that took place in Guatemala on March 13, 1982. After witnessing the massacre of more than one hundred children and nearly eighty women by members of the Guatemalan army and civil patrols, Jesus and seventeen other children were taken to work as servants in the houses of the patrollers who killed their families. Jesus lived in captivity for three years until freed by his only surviving sister. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. SEE ALSO: A Right to Justice. Dist.:Witness Project. 2000. 4 min. DVD 3256

Minsan lang sila bata
A Documentary film profiling child labor abuses in the Philippines through commentary by the children themselves about their lives and work. In Tagalog and various languages with Tagalog subtitles. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 5658

My Knees were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports
Filmmaker Melissa Hacker's mother was one of the over 10,000 children who were saved in the Kindertransport movement during the Holocaust. On the eve of World War II, as millions of Jews were seeking refuge from Nazi persecution, country after country turned its back--all except for Great Britain who opened its doors to an unspecified number of Jewish children in danger. As the children boarded trains taking them to a safe haven in London, their parents were left to embark on a different journey--one taking them to the concentration camps. Most of these children never saw their parents again. Producer, director, editor, Melissa Hacker. 1995. 77 min. DVD X3611

Into the Arms of Stranges

The New Heroes: Their Bottom Line Is Lives: Episode 4, Power of Knowledge.
Looks at people who are working to improve lives by creating opportunities for education for children who are often left to fend for themselves. Among them are Sompop Jantraka, who has started a school for young Thai girls with the goal of saving them from entering into prostitution, and Dina Abdel Wahab who has started schools in Egypt for the nation's often-neglected children with disabilities. In Calcutta, Inderjit Khurana has set out to bring education to children who beg in the train stations -- setting up a school right on the railway platforms. Originally broadcast on PBS stations in 2005. 60 min. DVD 4495

No Childhood at All
Documentary on human rights abuses perpetrated against children in Burma, in particular the conscription of children into the Burmese Army which has become routine in a country that has been in continuous civil war for most of the Twentieth century. c1997. 30 min. PAL format. Video/C 8915

No Time For Play
Examines the plight of some three to five million Filipino children who are forced to work in factories, sugarcane plantations, even the depths of mine tunnels and looks at what is being done to help them. Directed by Ditsi Carolino. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 5367

Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone.
Documentary about the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon in the Sierra Leone civil war. The story is told through the eyes of survivors: women and girls, as well as the child soldiers and perpetrators. Dist.: Witness Project. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3237

Orphans of Mathare
Documents the lives of former street children, many orphaned by HIV/AIDS, now living at the Good Samaritan Children's Home, an orphanage and school run by Mercy Thuo in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, Kenya. By following the lives of several orphans, the film lays bare the complicated relationship between poverty, violence, disease, Christianity, tradition and the orphan crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reveals that global AIDS is not simply a medical crisis but a socio-cultural one as well that threatens to create a generation of children without parents. Produced and directed by Randy Bell & Pacho Velez. 2003. 60 min. DVD X3290

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The Orphan Trains
Between 1854 and 1929 the Children's Aid Society in New York and other East Coast charities organized an ambitious rescue effort to send hundreds of thousands of homeless children to foster homes in farming communities. The video explores the successes and failures of this resettlement movement. Interviews with elderly survivors and century-old letters from children are included. Produced and directed by Janet Graham and Edward Gray. 1995. 60 min. DVD X6538; Video/C 6009

Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq /
Journalist John Pilger and former Asst. Sec. Gen. of the United Nations, Denis Halliday, journey to Iraq to investigate the effects of UN sanctions imposed in 1998. Together, they reveal the shocking realities of everyday life in a country with a decaying infrastructure, presenting evidence that "holds" on humanitarian supplies have paralyzed the country and many are dying from curable diseases because life saving drugs are only available intermittently. He also finds that the breakdown of the clean water system and health facilities are having tragic effects on children, contributing to a rise in their mortality rate. 75 min. 200. Video/C 7632

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Philippines: Angels of the Night
Prostitution is the occupation of necessity for supporting impoverished millions residing in the slums of Manila. This program tracks the lives of three girl prostitutes, ages 11 to 13, over a five-year period, during which one becomes a pimp, another a drug addict, and the third vanishes, presumed dead. Efforts by family planning organizations such as UNICEF sponsored Reach Out and the Apelo Women's Health clinic are described, as well as the Roman Catholic point of view. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 45 min. Video/C 7368

The Price of Youth
Examines the explosion in systematic tafficking of young girls and women from Nepal to work as prostitutes in neighboring Bombay, India. Looks at grassroots efforts to combat their forced prostitution and to rehabilitate these young victims. Dist: Witness Project. 2000. 10 min. DVD 3246

Promises
Follows the journey of one of the filmmakers, Israeli-American B. Z. Goldberg, as he travels to Palestinian communities and settlements in the West Bank where he has never ventured before, and to the familiar neighborhoods of Jerusalem. There he meets with seven Palestinian and Israeli children between the ages of nine and thirteen and explores the Middle East conflict through their eyes. Produced & directed by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg. 2001. 106 min. Video/C 9517

Returning Dreams.(Life, Part 37)
Fourteen-year old Jemoh has been living in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone for three years. This program follows her on her return journey home to Liberia, and the mixed picture she finds there. Jemoh is just one of millions of children caught up in the world's conflicts. Some are forced to fight and kill; others are used as slaves and "wives." Those that do survive are left brutalized and traumatized. How, this program asks, can these children be rehabilitated who have gone through such experiences? Directed by Emily Marlow. 23 min. DVD 3976

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A Right to Justice
Follows the struggle of the indigenous Maya Achi people of Guatemala to learn the truth of the Rio Negro genocide that took place on March 13, 1982. Includes footage of the recent trial of a few of the perpetrators and details recent efforts to document the atrocities and to secure justice through the prosecution of those responsible. SEE ALSO: A Massacre Remembered. Dist: Witness Project. 2001. 10 min. DVD 3258

The Rights of the Child
Examines the 1989 UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child which published a declaration recognizing that all children have the same basic rights. This video powerfully presents the systematic violation of children's human rights throughout the world, and provides concrete examples of the needs of children and programs to assist them. 1990. 23 min. Video/C MM893

Sacrifice.
Each year thousands of girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in brothels in Thailand where they are held for years in debt bondage. The trafficking of Burmese girls is a direct result of political repression in Burma. Human rights abuses, war, and ethnic discrimination have displaced thousands of families leaving them with no means of livelihood. This film, through interviews with the girls, examines the social, cultural and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls. A film by Ellen Bruno. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 5580

Sanamacha's Story.
Since the 1950s in the state of Manipur in Northeastern India, several secessionist movements have defied the Indian government. In response, India has militarized the region. This documentary looks at the kinapping of a 15-year-old boy, Sanamacha, who was taken from his home by the Indian military. Presents testimonies of witnesses and family members providing insight into the advocacy work grassroots groups in Manipur have done to bring the military's actions to justice. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 1999. 11 min. DVD 3250

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers Dring WWII.
This emotionally stirring documentary tells the stories of Jewish children hidden from the Nazis in extraordinary acts of kindness by non-Jews. These men and women of uncommon decency did everything from bringing Jewish children into their families to securing hiding places in closets, attics, or hastily dug bunkers. Director, Aviva Slesin. 2002. 72 min. DVD 2938

Searching for Go-Hyang
A personal documentary which traces the return of twin sisters to their native Korea after a fourteen-year absence. Sent to the United States by their parents for the promise of a better life, they instead suffered mental and physical abuse by their adoptive parents, including the erasure of their cultural heritage and language. These young women now explore the past in an attempt to reconnect with their "Go-Hyang", their homeland. A film by Tammy Tolle. 1998. 32 min. DVD X3853

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Seeing is Believing.(Life, Part 37)
Health experts have long known that a lack of Vitamin A can lead to serious diseases during childhood, as well as increasing the risk of child and maternal mortality. This segment looks at the country of Zambia as it begins a nationwide program to deliver Vitamin A to its population through sugar fortification as just one part of a multi-pronged strategy. Video/C 9846

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Sin City Diary
Examines the wretched lives of Filipina women who work as prostitutes in Olongapo City, near the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, Philippines, and the plight of the Amer-Asian children who've been deserted by their American fathers. 1992. 29 min. Video/C 7752

Sisters and Daughters Betrayed: The Trafficking of Women and Girls and the Fight to End It
A report on the practice in Southeast Asia of illegally transporting millions of women and young girls from rural to urban areas and across national borders for the purposes of prostitution. This compelling video explores the social and economic forces that drive this lucrative underground trade, and the devastating impact it has on women's lives. A hopeful note is sounded by the actions of women's organizations working against sex trafficking in their native countries. 1995. 20 min. Video/C 5521

Sisters in Law
A documentary record of a courtroom in Kumba, Cameroon, where a female prosecutor and judge work to put an end to their community's tacit acceptance of child abuse, wife beating and rape. With fierce compassion, the tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. 2005. 104 min. DVD 5460

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Smarana: Remembering Lost Children--
This documentary is a visual presentation of the agony of mothers whose children lost their lives in armed struggle inspired by Naxalbari. Here, mothers share the rememberances of their children, the vaccum created by their loss, and the efforts to keep up their memory. 200? 31 min. DVD 9668

Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence
Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes, marched to the Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel army. Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and friends. This documentary reveals the efforts put forth by the Northern Uganda people to rehabilitate the children fortunate enough to escape Kony's army. Directed and photographed by Neil Abramson. 1998. 55 min. DVD 8782

Souvenir Kids
Acapulco has long been a glamorous travel destination. In recent years, it has also become a paradise for pedophiles. In 2003, 9 Americans and 3 Canadians were arrested in Acapulco in a police crackdown on child prostitution. Filmmaker Diego Briceño-Orduz, went to Acapulco to meet some of the street kids who fell victim to the arrested 'sex tourists'. He discovered that the story of the kids, the police and the accused pedophiles was more complicated than it seemed. His documentary takes us to the streets of Acapulco, where the souvenirs that are bought and sold are not just postcards and trinkets, but the dignity and self-esteem of children living at the edge of society. Written and directed by Diego Briceño-Orduz. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 70 min. DVD X5938

Sowing Seeds of Hunger. Life, Part 41
This segment looks at the AIDS epidemic in Zambia and other sub-Saharan African nations which has crippled the agricultural community, forcing children to undertake the responsibilities of farming. Video/C 9850

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Spoils of War (Botin de guerra)
Presents first-hand accounts from the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who dared to challenge the ruthless dictatorship of Argentina from 1976 to 1983 and have sought to find their missing grandchildren. Children now reunited with their families, and some who still hope to be, contribute. SEE ALSO: Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. 1999. 112 min. DVD 2481

Stolen Childhood
A feature length documentary on child labor told in the words of laboring children, their parents, and the people working daily to help them. Children share their experiences of exploitation and their hopes for a better life and future ... Filmed in seven countries: Brazil, India, the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Kenya and Nepal, stolen childhoods examines the cost of child labor to the global community, probes the causes of this complex phenomenon and recommends actions that can be taken to eliminate this gross human rights violation in our lifetime. Directed by Len Morris. 86 min. DVD X7074

Stop the Traffic.
Thirty years of war have left Cambodia ravaged and poverty-stricken, making it particularly vulnerable to the child labor industry. Children as young as 10 years old are trafficked into cities from rural areas to become sex workers or trafficked out to Thailand to work as beggars, domestic laborers, or laborers on construction sites. This program examines the trade and new efforts by the International Labor Organization and local groups to rescue the children and stop the traffic. DVD X6427; Video/C 8946

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Street Witness
Follows the life of Hilario who lives on the streets of Quito, Ecuador. Through his eyes, we see how street children confront stigmatization and discrimination with humor and strong will. Includes interviews with the former Vice President of Ecuador, the police and street rappers who reveal varied interpretations of the "street children crisis." A film by Soraya Umewaka. 2006. 46 min. DVD X6990

Tangier Treehouse.
When a group of Moroccan street children are invited to take part in a treehouse building workshop, they find themselves unexpectedly transformed. Facing difficult choices in their lives -- whether to emigrate illegally to nearby Europe or cope with limited prospects for the future of Tangier -- the treehouse they construct, under the guidance of Roderick Romero, an American architect, takes on symbolic significance. The film explores the borders between North Africa and the West, between the Arab world and America, and between those who have and those who have not, highlighting the struggles and aspirations of down-and-out boys on the brink of manhood. Produced and directed by David Shadrack Smith and Charlotte Mangin. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2005. 57 min. DVD X364

Thanh's War.
The long-term effects of the Vietnam War are examined through the eyes of Thanh, injured and orphaned by a grenade as a 12-year-old in 1968, brought to the United States for treatment, and raised by an American foster family. After several visits to Vietnam as an adult, he marries a young woman from his village. This extraordinary documentary illuminates Thanh's courageous story as he grapples with the emotional legacy of the war and tries to make his way in two vastly different cultures. Directors, Elizabeth Farnsworth, John Knoop. 58 min. Video/C 5079

That's Why I'm Working
Families living in the slums of Dacca, Bangladesh are so poor that any income, even the pittance paid to child workers, is necessary for survival. Since today's child laborers are tomorrow's uneducated adults, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) started a 3-year primary course for Dacca's disadvantaged in 1996. The small schools with a 3-hour school day, are free and provide a first step away from the vicious cycle of poverty. c1999. 53 min. Video/C 7900

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They Shoot Children, Don't They?
Bruce Harris of Covenant House works to help the 5,000 street children in Guatemala City, Guatemala, who are daily subjected to violence and murder by the police. 199-?. 55 min. Video/C 4374

The 3 Rooms of Melancholia
Reveals the psychological devastation the Chechen conflict has inflicted on children. Focuses on three rooms: a military academy near St. Petersburg; Crozny, Chechnya where families struggle to survive in barely habitable buildings; and, the nearby republic of Ingushetia where refugee camps are set up. Using minimal dialogue and evocative music, the film depicts the emotional state of children affected by war. Directed by Pirjo Honkasalo. 2004. 104 min. DVD X2639

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Tijuana, Nada Más
Presents the story of four homeless children in the busiest border city in the world: Tijuana. Jonathan and Jesus are two nino~s polleros who work for the Coyotes leading immigrants across the border until one day they decide to change their lives and become part of a "family"; Bladimir is an L.A. gangmember who has been recently deported and has to start over again; Enrique is a 14-year-old callejero (street child) who blows fireballs on the streets for a living and still believes in the promise of a better life in Tijuana. Tijuana, Nada Más takes us into the world of these children who cross the porous U.S. border while certain boundaries in their own lives remain impassable; exclusion, poverty and an uncertain future are the highest fences for them. Even if they cross the border, will they get to the "other" side? Director, producer and writer, Yolanda Pividal. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2007. 27 min. DVD X6596

Trafficked: Children as Sexual Slaves
Follows private investigator and former Australian police officer, Chris Payne, as he investigates the trafficking of women and children for prostitution. Haunted by the case of "Nikkie", a young Thai girl found working in a brothel in Sydney, Payne travels to Thailand to find out what has happened to her since her deportation. Director, Luigi Acquisto. 2005. 52 min. DVD 6976

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UNICEF, The First Forty Years
Archival footage traces the history of UNICEF from its earliest work in post WWII Europe through its efforts to lower infant mortality rates in the developing world. Chronicles the ethic of a global partnership on behalf of children. 1988. 28 min. Video/C MM911

War Dance
Dominic, Rose, and Nancy are three children whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons camp in Patongo (Uganda). These children attend a school where they can momentarily forget the brutal realities of their lives, as they participate in music, song and dance. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival in their nation's capitol, their historic journey is also an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and to taste victory for the first time. Directed by Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine. 2006. 107 min. DVD 9878

War in Children(Human Rights & Wrongs)
Children's impressions of the war in Sarajevo Produced by Ademir Kenovic and the SAGA film company. Broadcast May 24, 1995. 27 min. Video/C 6724

Which Way Home
Shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the U.S. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast." Directed by Rebecca Cammisa. Includes three versions: 83 min. or 63 min. Spanish language with English subtitles or 83 min. Spanish only. 2009. 83 min. DVD X4417

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Who Killed Pixote? ( Quem Matou Pixote?)
Fernando Ramos da Silva gained worldwide recognition at the age of 11 when he starred in Hector Babenco's film "Pixote" (in MRC: DVD 737; VHS 999:2062). A child from the San Paulo slums, da Silva was prevented from developing an acting career by his near-illiteracy and scarcity of roles. This film depicts the context of poverty and injustice that still controls the destiny of the "pixotes," the street children of Brazilian slums. 1996. 120 min. Video/C 5849

Whose Children?
A documentary that raises basic questions about child labour in India's glass factories in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh exploring social, economic, legal and moral aspects of the issue. 2003. 30 min. DVD 4267

The Young Workers.
Looks at the emergence of child labor in India within a historical, societal context. Covers the history of child labor, legislation, alternatives and attempted intervention and concludes with case studies of the match industry in Sivakasi and powerloom industry in Bhivandi. 1987. 68 min. PAL format Video/C 473

Youth Interrupted.
Aresses the need for justice and rehabilitation for juvenile participants in the Rwandan genocide through interviews with child soldiers and men who as children were forced to fight in the conflict. Dist.: Witness Project. 2001. 6 min. DVD 3240

Zoned for Slavery: The Child Behind the Label
Looks at the operations of off-shore corporations contracted by American businesses, investigating the long and difficult hours that children are working in developing countries to produce brand name American products such as Gitano, Gap, Osh Kosh, and Eddie Bauer. Includes information presented by Charles Kernighan from the National Labor Committee. 1995. 23 min. Video/C MM1000

Adoption

Broken Ties
In the 1960's unwed mothers were pressured into giving up their babies. This thought-provoking documentary that focuses on the filmmakers own unwed pregancy includes interviews with family members and social workers, as it probes the reasons she complied with a family decision to enter a home for unwed mothers and give her baby up for adoption. Directed and produced by Debra Baker. c1999. 27 min. Video/C MM653

Calcutta Calling
Sasha Khokha filmed three teenage girls, adopted at birth from a Bengali orphanage by white American families living in rural Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota, as they journey to Calcutta. Directed by Sasha Khokha. Produced at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 2004. 26 min. Video/C MM1295

China's Lost Girls.
Examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, "one-child policy" designed to curb the country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. The program follows American families as they travel to China to adopt some of these girls. c2004. 43 min. DVD 4675

Daughter from Danang
Heidi seems the proverbial "all-American girl" from small-town Pulaski, Tennessee. But she was born Mai Thi Hiep in Danang, Vietnam, the daughter of an American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman. At the war's end, her mother, hearing rumors that racially mixed children would be persecuted, placed the 7-year-old girl on an "Operation Babylift" plane to the United States. Twenty-two years later mother and daughter are miraculously reunited in Danang. But what seems like the cue for a happy ending is anything but as Heidi and her Vietnamese relatives are caught in a heart-wrenching clash of cultures. Directed by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco 2003. 83 min. DVD 9628; Video/C 9538

Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize

Operation Babylift
Precious Cargo

Choy, Gregory Paul; Choy, Catherine Ceniza. "What Lies beneath: Reframing Daughter from Danang." In: Outsiders within : writing on transracial adoption / edited by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, and Sun Yung Shin ; with contributions by Heidi Lynn Adelsman... [et al.]. Cambridge, Mass. : South End Press, 2006. (Comparative Ethnic Studies; Education-Psychology; Moffitt HV875.6 .O87 2006)
Kim, Jodi. "An 'Orphan' with Two Mothers: Transnational and Transracial Adoption, the Cold War, and Contemporary Asian American Cultural Politics." American Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 855-880, Dec 2009 UC users only

Finding Christa
A partly documentary film concerning an artist who leaves her three-year old daughter at a children's home and that daughter, a performing artist, who later, at the urging of her adoptive mother, seeks her out. A film by Camille Billops and James Hatch. c1991. 55 min. Video/C 4721

First-Person Plural
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams led Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, filmmaker Borshay Liem's journey makes a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities. Written, directed, and produced by Deann Borshay Liem. 1999. 59 min. DVD X2958; vhs Video/C 7533

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Kim, Jodi. "An 'Orphan' with Two Mothers: Transnational and Transracial Adoption, the Cold War, and Contemporary Asian American Cultural Politics." American Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 855-880, Dec 2009 UC users only

Goodbye Baby: Adoptions from Guatemala
The number of adoptions from Guatemala to the US has risen dramatically in recent years, as has the controversy. What is seen as an act of love by adoptive parents is viewed with suspicion inside Guatemala. The film examines the ramifications that money, private lawyers, media coverage and women's rights have on the intercountry adoption process. Director Patricia Goudvis. Dist: New Day Films. c2005. 58 min. DVD X3850

Great Girl.
This film follows Kim Su Theiler who came to America as a child adoptee, as she returns to Korea looking for her birth mother. Drawn from personal experience, this film is an evocative and poetic drama about al and cultural disorientation. A film by Kim Su Theiler. 1994. 14 min. Video/C 5230

I Love You, Mommy (Wo ai ni mommy)
An intimate and honest film about an eight-year old Chinese adoptee's journey from Guangzhou, China to Long Island, New York. Fang Sui Yong, aka Faith Sadowsky, was abandoned at age 2, lived in an orphanage, and then was taken in by a loving Chinese foster family. Sui Yong's life is suddenly upended when she is adopted by the Sadowskys, a Jewish family in New York. Over the next 17 months, we witness Sui Yong's struggle to adapt to her new life in America and watch her slowly lose ties to everything she knew and loved in China. Director, producer, and cinematographer, Stephanie Wang-Breal. 75 min. DVD X5048

Description from New Day Films catalog

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40 year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family, this 8 year old girl quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First person plural, PBS 2000) returns to her native Korea to find her "double," the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. Directed by Deann Borshay. c2010. Theatrical version (62:00) -- PBS/Educational version (51:10). min. DVD X4674

The Journey Home: a Romanian Adoption
This is the story of Alexandra, an eleven-year-old Romanian girl who was adopted by a Canadian family at the age of three. Sandi and Al, Alexandra's parents, feel it is time for their daughter to make the journey to meet her birthparents and discover her roots. The film follows Alexandra and her adoptive family as they travel from Bucharest across Romania to the village where Alexandra was born. Along the way they visit orphanages for infants and children to see how they are run today. Directed by Abbey Jack Neidik. 2000. 44 min. Video/C 8970

Made in India: A Film About Surrogacy
A feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, the film explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective. Co-produced by Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha; co-directed by Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha. 2010. 97 min. DVD X6322

Women Make Movies catalog description

A Mother's Journey
Under China's restrictive "one child per family" population control laws, girl babies are being abandoned by their parents who seek only a male heir. This film follows an American adoptive mother and another American couple as they travel to China to visit a Chinese orphanage, each to successfully adopt a Chinese female infant. Highlights the legal complexities, personal struggles and joys of intercountry adoption. Director/photographer/editor, Hugh Taylor. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1995. 57 min. Video/C 4190

My Flesh and Blood
This deeply affecting documentary tells the inspiring story of Susan Tom, a single mother caring for 11 adopted special-needs children. Susan who receives only limited help from the state, faces the seemingly impossible task of caring for her brood, somehow managing to give them love, hope and as close to a normal childhood as possible. Directed by Jonathan Karsh. Special features: Filmmaker commentary; deleted scenes; additional interviews; follow-up interviews; behind-the-scenes; theatrical trailer; filmmaker biographies; resources; filmmaker statement. 2003. 83 min. DVD 5427

The Mystery of Rath Pohl
An older sister of an adopted Cambodian infant travels to Cambodia where she visits orphanages. Here she attempts to find out something about her new brother and in the process investigates the situation of abandoned children and war orphans in Cambodia. A documentary by Katrina Van Schaick. Graduate School of Journalism, UCB. 1999. 27 min. Video/C MM1294

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story
Documentary about a Brooklyn teen-aged girl, raised by two Jewish mothers and with two adopted brothers, who searches for information about her African-American birth mother. Her complex exploration of race, identity, and family begins to lead the teen into trouble in her personal life, threatening a promising career as a track and field athlete. She eventually picks up the pieces of her life, leading to inspiring results. Directed, produced and sound recorded by Nicole Opper. 2009. 76 min. DVD X5013

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam
'Operation Babylift' was a $2 million U.S. initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country in 1975 to protect them from the impending threat of the Communist Regime. Coined by some as "one of the most humanitarian efforts in history," it was also plagued by lawsuits and political turmoil. Facing enormous prejudice and stigmatized by an unpopular war, the Vietnamese Babylift Adoptees had a cultural identity crisis unlike any other immigrant or adoptee community. Directed by Tammy Nguyen Lee. c2010. 72 min. DVD X3627

Daugter from Danang
Precious Cargo

The Orphan Trains
Between 1854 and 1929 the Children's Aid Society in New York and other East Coast charities organized an ambitious rescue effort to send hundreds of thousands of homeless children to foster homes in farming communities. The video explores the successes and failures of this resettlement movement. Interviews with elderly survivors and century-old letters from children are included. Produced and directed by Janet Graham and Edward Gray. 1995. 60 min. Video/C 6009

Precious Cargo: Vietnamese Adoptees Discover Their Past
When the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam in 1975, one of their last acts, Operation Babylift, was the dramatic transport of 2,800 South Vietnamese children into American homes. The film shows a group of adoptees traveling back to Vietnam to discover their past. Raised in relative affluence, they confront the overcrowding and poverty as well as the beauty and culture of their homeland, wrestling with their identity and complex feelings of loss and gratitude, connection and detachment. Includes interviews with the adoptees and their adoptive parents, as well as with the pilot and chief flight nurse of the first flight which tragically crashed shortly after takeoff, casting a shadow over Operation Babylift. Director, Janet Gardner. 2001. 56 min. DVD X3652

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Daugter from Danang
Operation Babylift

Searching for Go-Hyang
A personal documentary which traces the return of twin sisters to their native Korea after a fourteen-year absence. Sent to the United States by their parents for the promise of a better life, they instead suffered mental and physical abuse by their adoptive parents, including the erasure of their cultural heritage and language. These young women now explore the past in an attempt to reconnect with their "Go-Hyang", their homeland. A film by Tammy Tolle ; co-produced by Una Kim. 1998. 32 min. DVD X3853

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Who Are the DeBolts: and Where Did They Get 19 Kids?
A portrait of Robert and Dorothy DeBolt's family of 19 children -- including 14 adopted multiracial and/or physical handicapped children. The documentary focuses on their daily life with commentary by the children and parents about coping and family life skills. Based on the book 19 steps up the mountain by Joseph P. Blank. Producers ; John Korty, Dan McCann, Warren Lockhart ; director, John Korty; directory of photography, Jon Else. 1977. 72 min. Video/C 9401

Awards

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Child Abuse

Sex Trafficking

Boys Beware
A film produced in the 1960's warning children against homosexuals, claiming that they are pedophiles preying on young school children. A police officer explains the many techniques homosexuals (sexual predators) may use on children such as praise, companionship, money, presents and becoming over personal to win over a child's trust. Originally produced in 1961. 10 min. DVD 8290

Breaking Silence
Educates the general public on the problems of incest and sexual abuse of children and the effect that it has on the family. Producer/director, Theresa Tollino. 1985. 58 min. Video/C 2859

Broken Child
A documentary exploring the effects of early childhood deprivaton and abuse and its socially destructive impact on children and young adults who have been victimized by early life trauma. Filmed on location in Baltimore, Atlanta, Houston, and Seattle, this cautionary program examines the cycle of child abuse. Case studies include children with developmental difficulties caused by maternal drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by scenes of extreme violence in the home, and life-threatening injuries from beatings. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2003. 61 min. DVD 7147

Capturing the Friedmans
The Friedman's seem to be a typical family from affluent Great Neck, Long Island. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for a quiet holiday dinner, a police battering ram splinters the front door and officers rush inside. The police charge Arnold and his son Jesse with hundreds of charges of molestation, rape, and sodomy against young boys to whom they taught computer classes in their basement. As police investigate, and the community reacts, the fabric of the family begins to disintegrate, revealing questions about justice, family and finally the truth. Special features: Disc 1: Audio commentary by Andrew Jarecki ; Disc 2: Unseen home movies from the Friedman house after the police arrived; an altercation at the New York premiere; the original short film that led to the discovery of David Friedman's secret story; Great Neck outraged; new witnesses & evidence; uncut footage of the prosecution's star witness; Friedman family scrapbook and hidden audio tape; Jesse's life story; the judge speaks out at the Great Neck premiere. Directed by Andrew Jarecki. 2003. 108 min. DVD 2277

Bell, Vikki. "The Burden of Sensation and the Ethics of Form: Watching Capturing the Friedmans." Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 89-101, 154, May 2008 UC users only
Druick, Zoë. "The courtroom and the closet in The Thin Blue Line and Capturing the Friedmans." Screen, Winter2008, Vol. 49 Issue 4, p440-449, 10p UC users only
Gonzalez, Francisco J. "Moving Fragments." Studies in Gender & Sexuality; Spring2009, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p54-74, 21p UC users only
Harkins, Gillian. "Documenting the Paedophile: Virtual White Men in the Era of Recovered Memory." New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, vol. 70, pp. 23-40, 2010 UC users only
Howerton, Amanda. "Capturing the Friedmans." Contemporary Justice Review, Jun2007, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p233-235, 3p UC users only
Kovera, Margaret Bull. "Can the truth be captured?" PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 50 (16), 2005 UC users only
Nichols, Bill. "Documentary Reenactment and the Fantasmatic Subject." Critical Inquiry, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 72-89, Autumn 2008 UC users only
Orgeron, Marsha; Orgeron, Devin. "Familial Pursuits, Editorial Acts: Documentaries after the Age of Home Video." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall2007, Issue 60, p47-62, 16p UC users only
van Dijck, José. "Future Memories: The Construction of Cinematic Hindsight.: Theory, Culture & Society; May2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p71-87, 17p UC users only

Child Protective Services
This sensitive and sometimes anguishing documentary ventures behind the closed doors of America's child-protection system chronicling the raw and powerful day-to-day operations of one child-protection office in San Diego County, California. The film follows frontline workers in an Emergency Response Unit, shows social workers helping to re-unite torn families, and sits in on emotionally charged final courtroom decisions. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 9523

Defending Our Lives.
This film takes a hard look at boys and girls who are being exploited in the fast-growing business of selling children for sex in North America. Here are stories, compelling and poignant, diverse and courageous, that expose the realities of children in the sex trade. 1999? 47 min. Video/C 6531

Cambridge Documentary Films catalog description

Deliver Us From Evil
A documentary on confessed pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and attempts by the Catholic Church to cover up his actions. Includes interviews with O'Grady and his victims. Written and directed by Amy Berg. 2006. 104 min. DVD 4055

Cullingford, Elizabeth. "Evil, Sin, or Doubt?: The Dramas of Clerical Child Abuse." Theatre Journal, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 245-263, 2010 May UC users only
Lyon, Shauna. "Deliver Us From Evil" New Yorker, 10/23/2006, Vol. 82 Issue 34, p23-24, 2p

Early Misgivings: A Film About Child Abuse
Documentary about the causes of child abuse, showing current methods of treatment and prevention. Includes interviews with parents, doctors, counselors and other professionals, as well as former victims of child abuse. Produced and directed by Leonard Kurz. 1983. 29 min. Video/C 743

Healing Years
Takes a bold look at the profound effects of child sexual abuse on individuals, families and society, and the importance of recovery as a key to ending the cycle of abuse. Producer/director, Kathy Barbini. 1999. 52 min. Producer/director, Kathy Barbini. Video/C 6620

Hungry for Monsters
This gripping documentary captures the nightmare that one family endures after a teenage girl confessed to a teacher that her father molested her. During therapy sessions to recover "repressed memories," the daughter exaggerates and embellishes her accusations as social workers, therapists, and officers of the court inadvertently egg her on. The girl's tales of satanic rituals and wild orgies eventually lead to arrests, years of turmoil and heartache for all. A sharp and unrelenting portrait of the American system of justice run amok. Produced, directed, and edited by George Paul Csicsery. 2006. 69 min. DVD 6526

In the Shadow of Eden
The director comes to grips with the abuse she suffered at the hands of her religion-fixated father. Written, directed, narrated and edited by Rachael Romero. 2004. DVD 5977

Mind of An Abuser
Psychologists and academics present their views on the psychology of people who are child sexual abusers in the nation of India. Includes interviews with adult survivors of sexual abuse. New Delhi : Leoarts Communication, 2007. 24 min. DVD X925

Mothers on Trial
Examines the issues surrounding the prosecution of pregnant women and mothers in the U.S. who are drug addicts. Debate centers around the issues of jail vs. treatment for substance dependent mothers who take drugs during pregnancy. Includes interviews with women prisoners, recovering women addicts, relatives and medical personnel who care for their drug damaged infants. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 6794

October Country
Presents a beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. A collaboration between filmmaker Michael Palmieri and photographer and family member Donal Mosher, this penetrating documentary examines the forces that unsettle the working poor and the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life. Every family has its ghosts. The Mosher family has more than most. Shot over one year, the film creates a stunning cinematic portrait of a family who is unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of America's working class. Directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. 2009. 79 min. DVD X3243

Sandra's Garden.
This program is a powerfully honest and intimate look at one woman's struggle to overcome the trauma of incest. It is a story of healing; of how women can work together to reshape and rebuild their lives. It is a testament to the courage, beauty and hopefulness of all survivors who are struggling to overcome the emotional devastation and physical pain of their childhood. 1993. 34 min. Video/C 2267

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Sisters in Law
A documentary record of a courtroom in Kumba, Cameroon, where a female prosecutor and judge work to put an end to their community's tacit acceptance of child abuse, wife beating and rape. With fierce compassion, the tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. 2005. 104 min. DVD 5460

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Speak out!
Sexual violence has been recognised as a major problem in and around schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Evidence shows that it is a major barrier to accelerating progress in girls' education. This documentary captures the voices of young people in Swaziland speaking out against sexual abuse and highlights their efforts to combat gender-based violence. 2004. 17 min. DVD 6642

A Stranger in Our Home
Follows the experiences of two teenagers who met sexual predators online and came very close to dangerous entanglements. The teens talk about their experiences, a member of the group Cyber Angels talks about their work in identifying predators, and detectives talk about their work on these and similar cases. 2000. 40 min. DVD 6995

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Tarnation
A multitude of family snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments are used to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. Begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, overdoses on her lithium medication. He is shot back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. He grows up on camera and finds his escape in musical theater and B-horror movies. A look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the almost unbearable love he shares with his tragically damaged mother. Written and directed by Jonathan Caouette. 2005. 88 min. DVD 4079

Veronica's Story
Based on an actual letter by a teenager, this brief but poignant film tells the tragic story of a victim of sexual abuse. A much-honored film, it reverses many cultural stereotypes about at-risk children as Veronica's words demonstrate her courage, her emotional honesty, and her intelligent strength in writing her way out of trauma. Director, Deeds Rogers. c1996. 6 min. Video/C MM777

The Vicious Cyle of Abuse.
A personal interview with Jane, a victim of child abuse and domestic violence clearly shows that this vicious pattern is difficult to break. Produced and directed by Joanna Maria Gonzales Siefert. 2005. 35 min. DVD 5047

The Virgin Trade
Looking at the dark underbelly of Thailand's sex trade, this documentary unravels the complexities of Western sex tourism and its relationship with Asia's home grown trade. With accounts from travellers, male holiday makers and Thai girls the investigation turns expectation on its head in a shocking journey that is brutally honest, dark, humorous and surprisingly touching. Written and directed by Stuart Kershaw. 2007? 54 min. DVD 8834

When Girls Do It
This documentary reveals the human reality behind sexual abuse by women, the healing process for those who have survived abuse, and the need for treatment programs for female offenders. Powerful interviews with female sexual offenders and survivors of abuse, therapists, and psychologists reveal the devastating effects on the victims, acknowledge the enormity of such offenses and encourage victims to speak out against this under-reported crime. The documentary also delves into related issues including the long-held misconception that sexual abuse of children is exclusively a male crime. Directed by Glynis Whiting. 2001. 46 min. Video/C MM360

Working with Children Who Have Experienced Neglect or Abuse
Demonstrates Dr. Crenshaw's approach to recontextualize the act of injustice that has occurred in the client family. The offender must come to think of his or her behavior as wrongful, and the victim must come to see what has happened as just a small part of a larger life picture. This restorative justice model helps children and families come to a new understanding of what has happened to them. 105 min. DVD 6546

Child Soldiers

3551, A Story of Change
Presents the demobilization process of some 3551 child soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Army by UNICEF in southern Sudan. 199? 28 min. DVD 7453

Ballad of the Little Soldier (Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten)
A film about indigenous Contra child soldiers tragically caught up in the Miskito Indian resistance of Nicaragua. A tribute to all those children who are being forced to fight wars at ever younger ages in ever larger numbers. Written and directed by Werner Herzog and Denis Reichle. 1984. 45 min. DVD 6505

Csicsery, George Paul. "Ballad of the Little Soldier": Werner Herzog in a Political Hall of Mirrors." Film Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter, 1985-1986), pp. 7-15 UC users only

Boys, Toys and the Big Blue Marble (Des billes, des ballons et des garçons)
A documentary about the unenviable existence of millions of young boys around the world who are pressed into forced labour, fundamentalist religious indoctrination, military service (while they are still smaller than the guns they carry) and prostitution rings. All too often these boys are forgotten, their fate sealed from their infancy. As they are abused and their spirit is crushed, they repeat the cycle as adults, abusing and crushing the next generation. The film travels to Bolivia, Sri-Lanka, Burma, Brazil and Mali, and is told from the boys' viewpoint. Director, Marquise Lepage. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 52 min. DVD X275

Children of War
A documentary on northern Uganda children of war; on the child soldiers who were abducted from their homes and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army. Follows a group of them as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and healing while in a rehabilitation center. Filmed and directed by Bryan Single. Dist.: New Day Films. 2009. 75 min. DVD X6591

Children of War.
This chilling feature tells the story of Acholi school girls from St. Mary's College in Northern Uganda who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army to serve as child soldiers. Of the 250,000 child soldiers worldwide, many are used as sexual servants, spies, porters and frontline grunts. These unwilling combatants often find themselves subject to disease, physical assault and rape. Includes interviews with one of the girls who escaped and survived the ordeal, a teacher and the assistant headmistress at St. Mary's College who recounts the night of her students' abduction and the torturous process of trying to secure their release. Dist.: Witness Project. 2000. 7 min. DVD 3235

Five Days to Change the World
This documentary about the recent Hague Appeal for Peace and Justice focuses on a group of young people at the world's largest peace conference as they create their own agenda for peace in the 21st century. Includes speeches and interviews with activists, young and old, who devise concrete steps aimed at stopping war and the use of child soldiers, land mines, the trade in small arms, nuclear weapons, and the institution of a permanent international criminal court, peace education, and reducing debt by poor countries. Archival footage places these issues in historic context. Produced and directed by Robert Richter. 2001. 57 min. Video/C 9008

No Childhood at All
Documentary on human rights abuses perpetrated against children in Burma, in particular the conscription of children into the Burmese Army which has become routine in a country that has been in continuous civil war for most of the Twentieth century. c1997. 30 min. PAL format. Video/C 8915

Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone.
Documentary about the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon in the Sierra Leone civil war. The story is told through the eyes of survivors: women and girls, as well as the child soldiers and perpetrators. Dist.: Witness Project. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3237

Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence
Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes, marched to the Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel army. Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and friends. This documentary reveals the efforts put forth by the Northern Uganda people to rehabilitate the children fortunate enough to escape Kony's army. Directed and photographed by Neil Abramson. 1998. 55 min. DVD 8782

Youth Interrupted.
Aresses the need for justice and rehabilitation for juvenile participants in the Rwandan genocide through interviews with child soldiers and men who as children were forced to fight in the conflict. Dist.: Witness Project. 2001. 6 min. DVD 3240

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