March 03, 2005

Directors' Bios

Len Morris-Producer, Director, Writer

Len has produced, directed and edited television documentaries for over twenty years. His films have been syndicated and broadcast on HBO, TNT, PBS and other cable and international networks. His independent production company Galen Films has produced numerous award-winning documentaries. His films are on subjects as diverse as schizophrenia, environmental justice, street children, hunger in Africa, legal aid during the apartheid era in South Africa, the Holocaust and a string of specials on Hollywood . . . film noir, the American Western, Republic Pictures and singing cowboys. Len is a recipient of an Independent Filmmaker Award from the American Film Institute and is a director member of the Directors Guild of America.

Robin Romano, Co-Director and Director of Photography

As a writer/director/cameraman, Robin Romano has worked in Canadian news programming and international documentary television. His most recent projects have been Death of a Slave Boy, a two-hour special shot in Pakistan for European broadcast and Globalization and Human Rights, hosted by Charlayne Hunter Gault for PBS. As a still photographer, Mr. Romano is represented by Alan Kaplan Studios. He has taught Advanced Cinematography at the Graduate Film Institute of NYU, was visiting instructor at Columbia Graduate Film School and has lectured at Rhode Island School of Design and the Oak Institute for International Human Rights at Colby College.

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“’Stolen Childhoods’ is a critically important work which shines a long-overdue spotlight on the pernicious and ever-present reality of child labor. It reminds us of all that still needs to be done and powerfully inspires us to take up that task.”
Senator Christopher J. Dodd. (D-CT)

“Sensitive yet brutally honest . . . the film is a reminder to the world of costs of today’s global economy on children and one of the most vile yet silent forms of human rights violations that is taking place every day in the world.”
Saji Prelis, Program Coordinator
Peacebuilding and Development Institute,
American University

"I still get chills when I think about your film."
Abikök Riak, Asia Pacific Regional Team,
World Vision U.S.

"The film offers real working solutions to one of the most critical global problems of our time."
Chivy Sok, Child Labor Research Initiative, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights

"Farmworker children toil invisibly, helping to bring food to America’s tables. It is critical that their story be told, and I cannot think of a more powerful telling of their story than in ‘Stolen Childhoods.’"
Reid Maki, Children in the Field Campaign Director, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs

"A powerful and brutal film that needs to be seen to be believed. My copy has been passed from friend to friend, like a rare book, and just as treasured.” Eric Stoltz, actor

“The best movie on contemporary slavery out there.”
Tommy Calvert
American Anti-Slavery Group

“It changed the way I think about the things that I buy.”
Beth Phemister, student
University of Vermont

“The message of Stolen Childhoods is one that cannot wait.”
Meryl Streep, actor

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Full Synopsis

Narrated by Meryl Streep, STOLEN CHILDHOODS is a documentary feature film about the growing plague of child labor that engulfs the lives of 246 million children today. In extraordinary footage of their working conditions, child slaves, bonded laborers and laboring poor children from eight countries (including the US) tell their own stories . . . children forced to pick pesticide- laden tobacco, coffee and vegetables, kids chained to looms, boys kidnapped to work on fishing platforms at sea, girls trafficked for prostitution, children scavenging at dumps and enslaved at rock quarries and brick kilns. All these children tell their stories in their own words.

STOLEN CHILDHOODS features interviews with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, human rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, and Senator Tom Harkin, who calls the world’s child laborers, “a breeding ground for Osama’s Bin Laden’s army and future terrorists.”

At a time of increasing global insecurity, STOLEN CHILDHOODS reveals the risks of the world community continuing to waste these children’s lives. It portrays local, national and international solutions at work to end child labor, offering a humanitarian path to a more stable world. It gives voice to children still lost to work and it celebrates the resilience of kids whose lives have been saved. It is a shocking, hopeful and energizing film and a call to action.

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Short Synopsis

Narrated by Meryl Streep, STOLEN CHILDHOODS is a documentary feature film about the 246 million child laborers in the world today. Extraordinary footage and interviews with child slaves and kids working in poverty reveal young childhoods stolen away, and demands a call for action.

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March 08, 2005

Director's Statement

Today, for 246 million children, life is nothing but work.

STOLEN CHILDHOODS was made over seven years time, filming children laboring like slaves in eight countries across the globe. These kids understand two things: one, that unlike other children, their childhoods don’t count; and two, that hard work is all they will ever know.

“It’s a slow death,” says Wangari Maathai, 2004’s Nobel Peace Prize winner. Senator Tom Harkin sees child laborers as “a breeding ground for future terrorists.”

The message of STOLEN CHILDHOODS is very timely. Helping these children is an opportunity for us to help ourselves. The film asks us all to keep the promises the world community has already made; to provide universal education for all children, and to act against the poverty, profiteering and prejudice that produces this shameful waste of children’s lives.

When you hear these kids speak for themselves, it is impossible not to listen and not to act.

Len Morris, Director

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March 10, 2005

Stolen Childhoods Press Kit

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April 26, 2005

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July 07, 2005


"After watching ''Stolen Childhoods,'' the average American may be able to do little more than buy a cup of fair-trade coffee on the way home. But as this harrowing yet hopeful film suggests, that's something."
Dana Stevens, The New York Times
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"This is a deeply disturbing but galvanizing film that may have the power to change the world...there are 246 millon reasons to see this film."
Josephine Bridges, Asian Reporter
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"an impassioned plea for change" Kevin Crust, LA Times

"a powerful, thought-provoking new documentary" Rhonda Stewart, The Boston Globe

“a powerful piece of journalism, a testament to the dedication of the filmmakers”
Aaron Brown CNN NewsNight

"painstaking investigation into modern child labor packs a wallop"
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

"a sobering experience...the tired eyes and the resoluteness of these children will break your heart."
Richard Knight, Jr., Windy City Times

“Viewers will turn to each other within five minutes of the film’s start and say, ‘I didn’t know this!’”
Vineyard Gazette (editorial)

"Stolen Childhoods can and should provoke outrage over the existence of child labor...the stories in Stolen Childhoods are too numerous to mention and too mind-boggling to describe adequately, but each carries its own impact."
Cliff Vaughn, Culture Editor,

" Stolen Childhoods, narrated by Meryl Streep, is a stark, revelatory, unadorned and inspiring portrait of blameless lives lived in the service of profiteers and criminals."
Your Spirit/ Wellness Magazine

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