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It Takes a Child

Craig Kielburger was 12 years old when child labor activist Iqbal Massih was killed in Pakistan. He immediately went on a seven-week trip to South Asia. What he learned has turned him into a passionate, articulate and effective advocate on behalf of child laborers everywhere. He is determined to put child labor on the international agenda. He is 15 years old in this film.

He started a child-run organization called Free the Children, which now has 10,000 members worldwide. It directs lobbying and petition efforts at governments and big business. F.I.F.A. now won't put its logo on any soccer balls that are made with child labor. Free the Children has raised over $150,000 to buy children out of bondage and create a school for them, while raising world awareness.

Craig Kielburger has won the Roosevelt Freedom Medal and the State of the World Forum Award, and has been named a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

'Teenage activist Craig Kielburger is engagingly profiled here...Though an articulate spokesperson, Kielburger's words pale in comparison to powerful images of young laborers living in squalid conditions. This affecting portrait raises awareness about international labor conditions.' Booklist

'A remarkable tale of an extraordinary young man...His tireless humanity continues to defy even the deepest degradations of child abuse and servitude.' Timothy McGettigan, author of Utopia on Wheels

'Perhaps, the best way to study child labor issues is to hold a series of discussions at length, after viewing the video. And then we may only begin to understand its depth and complexity.' Skipping Stones

'Wonderful for courses on youth culture, social activism, human rights, and globalization.' Journal of Youth Studies

'Takes the viewer from the security of the classroom and the backstage of international child labor practices...will capture and hold an undergraduate audience.' Morten G. Ender, United States Military Academy

'Here's a film that answers the inevitable student question, 'but what can I do about it?'...Ideal for courses in Collective Behaviour, Social Movements, Canadian Studies, Family and others requiring critical content.' Mike Sosteric, Managing Editor, The Electronic Journal of Sociology


Main credits

Jackson, Judy (screenwriter)
Jackson, Judy (film director)
Jackson, Judy (film producer)
Parks, Deborah (film producer)
Dale, Jennifer (narrator)
Kielburger, Craig (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Nick Hector; photography, Mike Grippo, Alam Rahman; original music, Mark Korven.

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Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
At-Risk Youth
Business Practices
Canadian Studies
Child Labor
Citizenship and Civics
Developing World
Human Rights
International Studies
Labor and Work Issues
Marketing and Advertising
Social Justice
Social Psychology


child labor, Craig Kielburger, activists, South Asia, Free The Children, Iqbal Massihs, WTO; "It Takes a Child"; Bullfrog Films