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Listen to the Kids!

Life 4 - Listen to the Kids!
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 Life 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.

'From the mouths of babes come profound insights about the misfortunes faced by many of the globe's poorest, youngest citizens. These endearing innocents also offer enlightened solutions to the dilemmas thrust upon them by an uncaring world.' Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University-Pueblo

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter

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Main credits

Tatham, Di (film director)
Tatham, Di (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Tikaram, Ramon (narrator)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Fenwick, Stewart (composer)
Mayer, Jonathan (composer)

Other credits

Editor, Smita MaldeĢ; music, Stewart Fenwick, Jonathan Mayer, The Definitive Break.


Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Asian Studies
At-risk Youth
Community
Developing World
Education
Global Issues
HIV/AIDS
Human Rights
Humanities
India
Millennium Development Goals
Population
Poverty
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations

Keywords

children, adolescents, UNICEF, Sri Lanka, New Delhi, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Asian Studies, education, HIV/AIDS, UN, United Nations, Millennium Developement Goals, MDGs; "Listen to the Kids!"; Bullfrog Films