Stolen Childhoods

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Release date: Dec 31, 2005

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Meryl Streep narrates this documentary which examines the facts behind the worldwide scandal of child labor. It is estimated that 246 million children work full-time jobs, most logging long hours for meager pay in nations where poverty forces parents to put their youngsters to work. Adding to this tragedy are the dangerous jobs and frequently inhumane working conditions, which children are far less likely to protest than adults. Using footage shot in eight different countries, Stolen Childhoods documents the ongoing crisis in child labor, as well as presenting strategies to improve the situation and discussing what Americans can do to help.

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  • Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.

    July 5, 2005
  • A dispiriting public service announcement.

    June 24, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film thoughtfully lays out the facts while highlighting various programs that aim to eliminate economic incentives to exploit children, and to return them to their families, enabling them to go to school.

    June 2, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • In its reliance on emotionally loaded voiceover and its disconcertingly direct appeals for support, Len Morris' old-fashioned docu seems more designed for fund-raising pitches than theatrical release.

    May 24, 2005 | Full Review…

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  • Meryl Streep narrates this global update on child-labor abuses with all the enthusiasm and alarm of someone reading 'The Pet Goat' to a classroom of second-graders.

    May 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It remains for a tougher documentary to more forcefully trace exactly who benefits from this shameful practice -- multinational corporations and consumers who don't ask enough questions.

    May 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

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