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Children of Bal Ashram

Len Morris
United States, 2018, 64 min.

In Hindi with English subtitles.
This film is family friendly.

AIFF Award Winner:
Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking

What happens after the raid, when terrified child slaves are rescued from criminal employers? At Bal Ashram, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his wife Sumedha provide a home and family for boys rescued from child labor. As the boys play and learn at Bal Ashram, their education is more than simply academic. They learn their rights, and they learn to assert their humanity. From slaves to shock troops in the war against child labor - the children of Bal Ashram fight for their peers still trapped in bonded labor.

Director's Statement

We remember when Kailash Satyarthi and Sumedha had only their personal conviction that child labor and slavery can and should be ended in their lifetimes. This is what drew us to their cause. Now that cause belongs to the world and the end of child slavery is in view. It's our children who now take the lead.

Category: Documentary, Award Winner.
Themes: Community, Culture, Education, Human Rights, Labor, Youth.

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