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A Child's Century of War
A Film by Shelley Saywell
Narrated by Christopher Plummer
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A CHILD'S CENTURY OF WAR takes the viewer on a journey through the past century, the bloodiest in history, from the perspective of children. It is an examination of the way in which modern wars have increasingly threatened and targeted children.

We hear their stories in their voices. Establishing parallels between past and present conflicts, the film intercuts the accounts of children currently in danger, with diaries and voices of children in the past. By looking at the way today's wars indoctrinate children, it is also an eye to the future.

Three contemporary conflicts are the heart of the film. Orphans of the two recent Chechen wars, children growing up on Martyr Street in Hebron (the most dangerous street in the West Bank), and the abducted, raped and amputated children of Sierra Leone. As we listen to the children, their unflinching stories throw a disturbing light on the human condition at the beginning of our new century.

"Highly Recommended. This is a strong and powerful film." - Educational Media Reviews Online

"You must not miss this documentary, as tough as it is to watch... A genius work of staggering heartbreak." - Antonia Zerbisias, The Toronto Star

2006 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics, and Society Conference
2003 Notable Video for Adults, American Library Association
2002 Nominee, Best Documentary, International Documentary Association
2002 Sheffield International Documentary Festival (UK)
2002 Toronto International Film Festival
2002 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
2002 Galway Film Festival (Ireland)
2002 Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece)
  

90 minutes / color
Release: 2002
Copyright: 2001
Sale: $298

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Africa, Eastern Europe, History (World), Human Rights, Middle East, Political Science, Psychology, World War II, Youth Issues

Related Links:
The Films of Shelley Saywell

Related Titles:
The Inheritors: At early age children begin to work in the Mexican countryside. This is a portrait of theirs lives and their daily struggle for survival.

The 3 Rooms of Melancholia: An award-winning, stunningly beautiful revelation of how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya.

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