Malnutrition, poor sanitation and hygiene, and HIV are some of the factors that affect child survival. In this informative documentary, we see the efforts made by UNICEF, NGOs, community leaders and health workers in an attempt to save Africa’s Child.
In a world of growing inequality, Banothile and Sihle are two children who struggle daily for simple things. This poignant documentary shows the children sharing their hopes and dreams as they go about daily activities, like going to school and pumping water from the well.
In a remote village, a little boy finds a bird. He’s about to kill it, when the bird appeals to him, saying he’ll help him at the snap of a finger. A pact is made and the bird follows through, teaching the villagers about nutrition, community cooperation, fair treatment of women, and most importantly, hope.
Tamari and Itai are devastated after the tragic death of their parents. As friends and family turn their backs to them, the children must fend for themselves. It is a time of survival, as they wait for the community to realize that they are everyone’s children.
Goldtooth is the neighborhood drug pusher. He dwells in shadows and feeds on doubt and difficulty. Karate meets him as a boy, a hungry street child, trying to secure his next meal. Goldtooth helps him take his mind off of his hunger, but Karate will pay dearly.
Pedro is a juggler. Mario is a pickpocket. They are both cunning street kids. When Karate Gil takes them in, he teaches them about the dangers of sexual exploitation and AIDS. They find out that it’s better to earn money slowly and honestly, than to take the fast route.
The adults of Kibera are working hard to offer kids a safe and stimulating haven in pre-schools. Pre-school is a safe space for the kids, somewhere they can develop peacefully and-in theory-become less violent adults. But many parents can't afford the ten dollars a month in fees.
The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. But no sooner has Kirikou delivered himself from his mother's womb than he wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse and understand the cause of her wickedness.
His adventure-filled voyage leads Kirikou to the Forbidden Mountain, where the Wise Man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him.
Can Thailand achieve child rights without sacrificing its culture? Child rights will mean more kids like Tha Na Korn go to school. But Tha's school has a different language and culture. He could become "unrecognizable to his parents." Child rights and respect for culture need to be combined.
This film focuses on the struggles of a Ugandan village to cope with the deepening orphan crisis. Local development and social workers explain how the needs of these children can be met- and their lives protected- by support for community-based organizations rather than institutional care.