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Category Archives: Children

Backpack Full of Cash

a film that explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children.

 

Hazelnuts and Child Labor (2015)

Directed by:  Mehmet Ülger
Running Time: 52 min
Starring:  

Website: N/a

Synopsis: In 2010 Zara, a nine year old, picks hazelnuts with her family in the Turkish Black Sea region. Working 11 hours per day during the harvest in August, often seven days a week, in the evening, they return to a tent camp where no facilities are available. Making this journey every year, Zara and her friends routinely return to school late. Five years later has anything changed? Has child labor been reduced? Have the facilities for seasonal workers been improved? And how fare the children who are doing the hard labor?

 
 

Mass e Bhat (2014)

72m; Directors: Hannan Majid, Richard York.

Set in Bangladesh, the documentary follows 20-year-old Nasir, a social worker in the slums, who moved from a rural village to the city. He reflects and recounts on his childhood working in rubbish dumps and sweatshops from the age of eight, how he grew up, and achieved his dream of an getting an education and respect within his community. A social worker, he wanders the alleyways of Dhaka‘s Korrail slum searching for working children to try to convince to enroll in school for a better future. As Nasir recounts his life, the documentary also features several children, parents and employers, who mirror his past.

As it continues its own industrial revolution, Bangladesh is, in many ways a perfect example of what we refer to as ‘a developing nation’. Mass E Bhat explores this shifting society through the eyes of its children. In the young people of the slums, villages, factories and streets, we see a generation forced to grow up at an incredibly early age, to whom work and responsibility are part of everyday life. A series of vignettes observing these children, their parents, employers and teachers, paint a vivid portrait of a nation in transition, the cost of development and the true meaning of childhood.

Hard-hitting and unforgettable, Mass-e-Baht explores the unseen impact of capitalism’s invisible hand. Framed around the inspiring life of Nasir, a child labourer turned social worker from Bangladesh, Mass-e-Bhat presents a portrait of the developing world as experienced by it’s children. Having worked under abysmal conditions in sweat shop garment factories at the age of 8, Nasir now rescues “working children” by enrolling them in school. Moving stories about the people who live in poverty to produce our clothes are presented alongside Nasir’s quest to better his life, and the lives of other child labourers. http://www.rainbowcollective.co.uk

 

Patch Town (2014)

85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 5 June 2015 (USA)
Director: Craig Goodwill
Writers: Christopher Bond, Jessie Gabe (story)
Stars: Zoie Palmer, Julian Richings, Rob Ramsay

In Patch Town’s dark modern fairy tale, newborn babies are plucked from cabbage patches, turned into plastic dolls, and sold as playthings in a nightmarish, oppressive society. Jon (Rob Ramsay), a discontented factory worker slaving away on a baby-harvesting production line, uncovers a secret from his past that sends him searching for his long-lost mother (Zoie Palmer). As Jon embarks on his journey with his loving wife Mary (Stephanie Pitsiladis), the sinister Child Catcher (Julian Richings) and his diminutive beet-munching henchman (Ken Hall) throw a wrench into his plans. An eye-popping fantasy-adventure, quirky comedy, and rousing musical rolled into one, Patch Town “combines Soviet-era iconography, Eastern European folklore and Western consumer-culture critique with a dash of song and dance” (Peter Debruge, Variety).

The director Craig Goodwill’s musical fairy tale, inspired by Eastern European folklore, features vivified toys that revolt against an unscrupulous corporate overlord.
NYT review

 

A REALITY EVERY SECOND (2015)

Filmmaker: Karim Ouelhaj

Belgium | 2015 | Fiction | 95 minutes

Driving around under the lights of the city, Lucky, a social worker, is looking for Romane, a young teenager who has ran away. On his way, he meets Vladimir, an unconventional person, horrified by the moral decadence around him. Through the gaze of these characters, A Reality Every Second immerses us into the universe of those we are usually turning away from.
2015 Brazilian International Labour Film Festival; http://www.bilff.org

 

The Southeast of Ankara

2013
Documentary
Director: Yonetmen
22 Minutes

The families of those immigrated for various reasons live in the four edge districts of Ankara which are located in the boundaries of Çankaya. The families who have lived for years in this region are exposed to an enforced immigration for urban transformation. The movie expresses the urban transformation and immigration subjects through the viewpoint of the children of those families.

 

Detachment

2011
Drama
Director: Tony Kaye
Writer: Carl Lund

A strong cast and good acting punctuate this drama about well-worn themes in contemporary cinema and educational discourse—failed public schools and the teachers allegedly indifferent to the pervasive, seemingly intractable social problems in them. Adrien Brody plays a substitute teacher who, in his one-month stint in a long-suffering public school, encounters teachers barely hanging on to their jobs and vocational motivation, and teenage students struggling with identity problems, abuse, and serious adult dilemmas such as prostitution. Hard-hitting indictment of not just the problems afflicting US public education but also some of the remedies advanced to solve them.