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Author Kramer, Karen (Karen Susan)

Title Children of shadows / by Karen Kramer
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (54 min.)
Summary In Haiti, many parents are forced by destitution and desperation to give away their children. The children - who may be as young as four years old - then go to live and work for other families as unpaid domestic servants, or slaves. They are known as restavek children. Children of Shadows follows the children as they go through their daily chores - the endless cycle of cooking, washing, sweeping, mopping, going to the market, or going to run errands. In heartbreaking interviews the children speak openly and shyly about the lives they are forced to lead. Their "aunts" (adoptive caretakers) speak openly and proudly of the vast mountain of work that "their" restavek does for them. The camera goes deep into the countryside to interview the peasant families as to what kind of situation would force them to give away one or more of their children. Narrated entirely by the people themselves in their native Creole (English subtitles) and with original Haitian music laced throughout the film, this affecting documentary is the first film to be made on a subject which until recently has never been talked about
Analysis Domestic life
Notes Originally released as DVD
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For College; Adult audiences
Notes In Haitian French Creole with English subtitles
Subject Child labor -- Haiti.
Children's rights -- Haiti.
Human rights -- Haiti.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video