Working to Help My Mom

Working to Help My Mom

Release date:

2007

Running time:

46 minutes

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No

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English and Spanish w/ English subtitles

Like it or not, child labour is an indisputable reality in today's world. This documentary looks at the boys, girls and adolescents who have no other option but to work for their survival in Santiago, Chile-a modern metropolis and showpiece of free market economy wherein accelerated growth co-exists with destination. Their daily reality is mediated by conversations with committed NFO social workers and volunteers that try to help and protect them. Through candid interactions with several working children over a five-year period, the picture that emerges is one that exposes the lights and shadows of globalization. Perhaps one fo the most poignant comments comes from a girl who, is asked, "What do you want to be?" The response is, "Nothing. What could I be?"

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