Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  23 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Returning Dreams

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In the aftermath of Liberia's civil war children are fighting to reclaim their futures and return home.

Life 4 - Returning Dreams

Fourteen-year old Jemoh fled from Liberia when she was 11, and has been living in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone for the last three years. Now she is about to join one of the first and biggest UNHCR convoys to return to Liberia for three years. This Life program follows Jemoh's long journey home, and the mixed picture she finds when she gets there. Jemoh's just one of the 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 survive are left brutalized and traumatized. How, the program asks, do you rehabilitate children who have gone through these kinds of experiences? To mark the 15th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Life returns to Sierra Leone and Liberia, to assess the fate of children caught up in their recent civil war.

'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


Main credits

Marlow, Emily (film director)
Marlow, Emily (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Executive producer, Brenda Kelly; editor, Smita Malde.

Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

Emily Marlow

Brenda Kelly
Emily Marlow
Series Producer: Dick Bower
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

War and Peace
Immigration and Refugees
Youth Issues
Human Rights
Conflict Resolution
Cultural Anthropology
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Conflict Resolution
Human Rights
Migration and Refugees
Millennium Development Goals
Social Justice
United Nations
War and Peace


Sierra Leone, Liberia, Africa, African Studies, child soldiers, refugees, refugee camps, UNHCR, UN, United Nations, children, civil war; "Returning Dreams"; Bullfrog Films

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