The statistics are staggering. There are 246 million children who know nothing but work, much of it back-breaking and dangerous, like picking pesticide-laden crops. Boys are kidnapped to work dangerous fishing platforms at sea, girls are sold into prostitution, children are literally chained to weaving looms. The images are startling in their gravity.
According to the filmmakers, much of the tolerance for this treatment of children is the fault of a growing global market for which cheap consumer goods (often for Western markets) is the bottom line for consumers. In other words, $5.75 and a dozen African children who will never go to school will buy you a cup of Starbucks Kenyan Blend Latte. Narrated by Meryl Streep. Directed by Len Morris and Robin Romano. Written by Len Morris, Georgia Morris and Mark Jonathan Harris. Produced by Len Morris. A Balcony release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 83 min