The Columbia Child Rights Group Screens “Children of Shadows”

What: The Columbia Child Rights Group is screening a documentary by Karen Kramer, with Q&A with the producer to follow.

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 live-in, full-time, unpaid domestic servants, virtually slaves. This documentary portrays the restavek children of Haiti. The film follows the children as they go through their daily chores. In interviews the children speak honestly about the lives they are forced to lead. Their “aunts” (adoptive caretakers) speak of the vast mountain of work that “their” restavek does for them. The camera goes 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. This is the first film to be made about this situation, which until recently has never been talked about.

When/Where: The event will be held Monday April 19th, from 8PM to 10PM, in Hamilton Hall Room 717.

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