Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Danger: Children at Work

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Guatemalan agencies try to discourage child labor and fireworks production by poor families.

Life 3 - Danger: Children at Work

Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Central America; most Guatemalans exist on subsistence farming. But in the San Juan Sacatepequez region, where the land is poor, many have turned to producing fireworks at home. The practice has become the major source of income for 80% of the local people. It is a labor intensive process, and children often start working at the task by the age of six. There are no guarantees on how much families are paid for their labor, and no safety controls. Accidents are frequent. Many are fatal.

This LIFE installment looks at campaigns to persuade local people to consider safer ways of earning a living - ways that can also allow their children to go to school and gain the education necessary for sustainable development.

With the support of the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor of the International Labor Organization; the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; the Directorate General for the Environment.

'Watching children working at this tedious, life-threatening work is an eye-opener. This documentary does not gloss over the many challenges of this complex problem and the devastating effects it can have on children and their families.' Faces Magazine

'A troubling examination of Guatemalan squalor, the video would be useful to school and college economics and social studies classes and to public libraries for screening in home-school settings, civic programs, and religious and altruistic outreach to some of the world's poorest families.' Counterpoise


Main credits

Marlow, Emily (film director)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Heath, Michael (narrator)

Other credits

Series editor, Jenny Richards; editor, Smita Malde.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Emily Marlow

Television Trust for the Environment
Emily Marlow
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Post Production Producer:
Ron Orders

Docuseek2 subjects

Youth Issues
Business Ethics
Central America
Human Rights Law
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Economic Anthropology
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

At-risk Youth
Child Labor
Developing World
Human Rights
Labor and Work Issues
Latin American Studies
Social Justice
Sustainable Development
United Nations


Guatemala, child labor, fireworks, Central America, San Juan Sacatepequez, fireworks, sustainable development; ; "Danger: Children at Work"; Bullfrog Films

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