President of Bolivia Evo Morales recently signed a law which allows children as young as 10 to legally work. Child labor is not new in Bolivia, but now it is unrestricted by law. Some children travel deep into dangerous mines for Cassiterite, the chief source of Tin for low wages. Others shine shoes on street corners for a meager take.
The law is highly controversial for those living in the first world, however through the legalization of child labor comes regulation. Before the law existed there was no oversight for the children already working in the country. The goal of the film is to tell the story of 3 children working in different industries of Bolivia to find out the true cost of child labor for an impoverished nation.
Funds raised will go towards hiring a local fixer/translator, in country travel and expenses, as well as fulfilling reward promises.
Please help to tell this important story.
Project photo credit and license: James Southorn, Creative Commons. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Risks and challenges
The Bolivian constitution protects freedom of the press with limitations including jail time for those who slander public officials. The law which recently passed has garnered international attention and it is likely that officials will be protective of children working in dangerous conditions such as the Mining, Manufacturing, and Agricultural industries.
I am determined and confident to produce a story which gets to the truth of the matter. Recently myself and a producing partner shot a film in rural Nepal about a practice harmful to women known as Chhaupadi. There were obstacles in producing the film, but overall the process went well and it is now in Post Production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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