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August 29th, 2002
Growing Up Global
Introduction

About the Film

Ten years ago, filmmaker Bruno Sorrentino began recording the lives of eight newborn babies from around the world. In 1992, world leaders met in Brazil for the Earth Summit on sustainable development. There they made plans and promises to conquer the global problems of overpopulation, over-consumption and poverty. In the ten years since, Sorrentino has revisited the children repeatedly and recorded how their lives have been affected by the issues discussed at Rio. Now, as world leaders prepare to journey to Johannesburg this August for the Rio+10 follow-up summit, Sorrentino returns to film these children and to see whether the promises of Rio have been kept. His camera captures his subjects, now ten years old, coping with the problems of racism, poverty, child labor, political violence, environmental degradation and access to education. Shot on location in South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Latvia, the UK, the U.S., India and China, this film is a touching and timely portrait of children growing up in the world of the 21st century.

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