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Watch Give me water, a film documenting a girl’s story about her daily two kilometer walk to collect water from a natural spring.
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Are you interested in watching a film? We have dozens of films here at the Plan USA office that we would love for students and teachers to borrow and share with others.

Topics:
Children and Poverty
Child Soldiers
Child Labor
Child Trafficking
Climate Change
Gender Equality
HIV and AIDS
War
Other

Many of our films were written, directed and produced by the children we work with as part of Plan's Children and Media programs. Several of the films have even won national and international awards for their insight and honesty about sensitive topics such as child abuse, early marriage, the life of street children, HIV/AIDS and child labor.

Please browse a selection of available videos below (organized by topic). If you'd like to borrow a copy, send us an e-mail at YUGA@planusa.org with the name of the video you're interested in, your name and contact information. You can also view many of the videos produced by Plan on YouTube.

You can also browse our reviews of movies that are available at your local video store (but that we don't have available here). To assist in your viewing and learning experience, we've provided discussion questions for these movies as well.

Children and Poverty


"Going to School in a Mud Desert"
Length: 10 min
By: Plan USA
A film about what it is like going to school in a mud desert. These children walk to school in a straight line so they do not get lost because there are mirages in the desert. Although their school is made up mud, the short film shows that even though these children are different from children in other countries, in some ways they are all similar.

"Kids of Kilimanjaro"
Length: 10 min
By: Two Parrot Productions
Kids of Kilimanjaro was founded in April 2005 to provide a school lunch program to pre-school and elementary school students in the Monduli and Moshi Districts of Tanzania, East Africa. This video only begins to tell the story of the program and its multiple benefits that are changing Tanzania and saving lives every day.

"Voice Calling from beyond the Wall"
Length: 10 min
By: Pyalara (Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation) 
A short film showing the effect that the Israeli wall, built between Israel and the Palestinian State, has had on the children in the area. While Israel calls the wall a security fence Palestinians see it as an apartheid wall. The film interviews children living near the wall. Their thoughts and opinions show how the wall is negatively affecting every part of their lives, from housing, to schooling and medical care.

"Youth Media Worldwide: Young Peoples Perspectives on Our World"
Length: 30 min
By: Rhythm System
A compilation of projects from India, Kenya, and Senegal portraying the children’s views of the world in each country. Each short is created and acted out by the children giving the viewers an insight into their lives.

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Child Exploitation


"Soldier Child”
Length: 55 min
By: Doc Workers
This documentary focuses on the aid provided to abducted children through the rehabilitative efforts of the Northern Ugandan people for those who were fortunate enough the escape. Since 1990 Joseph Kony has been abducting children from their schools, homes, and even in the streets and forcing them to kill and fight in his Lords Resistance Army. Soldier Child recounts the stories from the abductees after they escaped and the terrors they are forced to live with.

"Uganda Rising" (2006)
Length: 82 minutes
By: Pete McCormack and Jesse James Miller
This film offers a historical timeline of political control over Uganda and Africa, and reveals how many of these conflicts- now plaguing these African states- can often be derived from actions or events taking place within Uganda by the Ugandan government. This film also includes testimonies of former child soldiers who escaped Joseph Kony’s LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). 

"Tobacco's Children"
Length: 47 min
By: Irving Media and Plan Production
Documentary
Tougher legislation on home ground has the tobacco industry desperately hunting for new markets. The price for doing that is child labor and child mortality, uninhibited use of toxics and suicide, price fixing and increased poverty. Tobacco’s Children is a documentary describing the international tobacco industry’s cynical behavior in the developing countries producing the tobacco. The film focuses on six different children from Malawi, Brazil, and Bangladesh.

“theoneminutesJr.”
Length: Approx. 30 min
By: Plan Togo, The One Minutes Foundation, UNICEF
Child Trafficking Project: Region of East-Mono, Children in Togo make short videos explaining their time in Nigeria and the difficulties they encountered.

"Not for Sale... the Documentary"
By: Marca – Relli Productions, LLC
“Not for Sale” goes inside the slave trade and child exploitation in multiple countries including Cambodia and the United States. Each short documentary focuses on a specific person or group that is working hard to end the exploitation. “Not for Sale” is based on the book Not for Sale by David Batstone.

Climate Change


"Innovate: Engineering Change"
Length: 17 min
By: Creative Expansions, Inc.
Innovate: Engineering Change follows a dynamic group of women and men as they work together on a pilot project to install water turbines in New York City’s East River. If successful, the project will generate an alternative source of “green” energy that many be produced commercially. We witness the exciting and collaborative work of the team as they share their personal and professional journeys, overcome challenges, and ultimately achieve success.

"Tapped"
Length: 76 minutes
By: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Tapped is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

"The Shape of Water" (2006)
Length: 70 minutes
By: Kum Kum Bhavnani
The Shape of Water tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures and a passion for change. The film takes us to Senegal, Israel/Palestine, Brazil, and India where these new cultures, alongside old traditions, end female genital cutting (FGC), offer innovative forms of opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and show how women are spearheading the implementation of renewable resources and rainforest preservation by tapping trees to obtain rubber. 

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Gender Equality


"Atmajaa: Born from the Soul"
Length: 27 min
By: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Plan India
This film makes an attempt to understand why the wealthy and economically challenged prefer boys over girls by studying the pressures of two women who are pregnant with girls and the pressure they face to go in for medical termination of there pregnancies. 

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" (2008)
Length: 73 minutes
By: Fork Films LLC
This documentary exposes the incredible strength of Liberian women who came together to end the civil war in their country and bring about peace in their country. Thousands of Liberian women confronted the warlords of their country and nonviolently forced a resolution, showing the power of grassroots movements and the strength of this women’s organization. 

"The Shape of Water" (2006)
Length: 70 minutes
By: Kum Kum Bhavnani
The Shape of Water tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures and a passion for change. The film takes us to Senegal, Israel/Palestine, Brazil, and India where these new cultures, alongside old traditions, end female genital cutting (FGC), offer innovative forms of opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and show how women are spearheading the implementation of renewable resources and rainforest preservation by tapping trees to obtain rubber.

"Mama Africa" (2002)
Length: 89 minutes
By: Zimmedia
Six African stories filmed by some of Africa's most skillful and imaginative women filmmakers. Shot on 35mm and 26 minutes each, this series can be shown as a TV series, or in Cinemas as two 90-minute programs. Each story is from a different country, a different perspective, a different focus -- from Arab culture in the Maghreb, to Botswana's vast and unspoiled desert landscape. 

"Sacrifice: The Story of Child Prostitutes from Burma"
Length: 50 min
By: Ellen Bruno
Each year thousands of young girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in the sex industry in neighboring Thailand. Held for years in debt bondage in illegal Thai brothels, they suffer extreme abuse by pimps, clients, and the police. Sacrifice examines the social, cultural, and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls into prostitution in Thailand. It is the story of the valuation and sale of human beings, and the efforts of teenage girls to survive a personal crisis born of economic and political repression.

"Sauti Ya Watoto Wa Moyeni"
Length: 25 min
By: Plan USA
A movie produced by Moyeni children in Kenya that shows their joys, problems, and hopes. It focuses on girls’ education. For many girls their education is ended abruptly because their parents marry them off for money. However, people have started to fight for girls’ education and try to bring them back from marriage. These children show how difficult their life is and ask for assistance in school, clean water, latrines, and better sleeping places.

Gender Equality Videos on YouTube

For more videos on gender equality, watch girls from around the world tell their stories on Plan's YouTube Channel:

 

For more stories from the voices of girls check out the Plan YETAM (Youth Engagement Through Arts and Media) YouTube Channel.

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HIV and AIDS


"A Closer Walk"
Length: 85 minutes
By: Robert Bilheimer
In this documentary, more than 50 women, men, and young people were interviewed or profiled to encompass the broad spectrum of the global AIDS experience. Those interviewed include people with HIV/AIDS from all walks of life; AIDS children and orphans and those caring for them; doctors, nurses, and social workers; human rights advocates; and prominent scientists, economists, researchers, government leaders, and NGO officials. The film's basic themes remain, what are the underlying causes of AIDS; the relationship between health, dignity, and human rights; and the universal need for action, compassion, and commitment to counter what has become the worst plague in human history.

"A Misguided Life"
Length: 10 min
By: Plan India
A short cartoon film discussing the importance of sex education for children. Without any education children learn incorrect information from their friends, can contract STD's or AIDS by practicing unsafe sex, and can stray down the wrong path.

"Masinga"
Length: Approx. 30 min
By: Plan
This film follows children in Africa and shows the effect upon their lives after their parents die from AIDS. The difference between family life with two parents, with kids who are loved and happy is contrasted with the lives of those children who don’t have parents. These children have no food so they are forced to work but then when they go to school they are kicked out because they have missed days while trying to find food.

"Generation of Hope"
Length: 10 min
By: UMCOR
What if means to Prevail in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic -This ten minute film focuses on the orphan problem in Zimbabwe. When the movie was produced there were over 11 million children under the age of 15 living in sub-Saharan African who had lost one of both parents to HIV/AIDS. Generation of Hope vividly pictures the life circumstances, struggles, and dreams of today’s orphans. (It was filmed on location in Zimbabwe in 2001).

"Living with Slim: Kids Talk about HIV/AIDS"
Length: 28 min
By: Sam Kauffmann
In this documentary seven African children, ages 6-17, talk about what it is like to be HIV positive. Of the seven children three have lose both parents to AIDS and three have lost at least one parent to the disease. The children discuss how old they were when they found out they were HIV positive, how they felt when they first learned they were infected, how they are treated at home and at school, and how the illness affects their daily lives.

"The Age of AIDS"
Length: 4 hours
By: PBS & Frontline
On the 25th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS, Frontline examined one of the worst pandemics the world has ever know in The Age of AIDS, originally broadcast in May 2006 on PBS. Through interviews with AIDS researchers, world leaders, activists and patients, Frontline investigated the science, politics and human cost of the epidemic and asked: What are the lessons of the past, and what can be done to stop AIDS?

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War


“Echoes of War”
Length: 69 min
By: Plan Netherlands
In the documentary film Echoes of War, the story of a little elephant that looses his father in a jungle war catapults children to share their memories, nightmares, and dreams. The film interplays life stories of children survivors with animation to create a sensitive and moving portrayal of the consequences of war.

"Invisible Children"
Length: 60 min
In the spring of 2003 three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of a story. They found one in the story of the Invisible Children. This film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. The three boys used their film to show how the children live in fear of being abducted by the rebels and when captured are quickly desensitized to violence and forced to fight as part of a violent army. This documentary is unique in allowing the viewer to see Africa through the eyes of three young American boys making it humorous but also painfully heart-breaking.

"Last Best Chance"
Length: Approx. 60 min
By: Nuclear Threat Initiative
Last Best Chance is a docudrama about the threats from loose nuclear weapons and materials around the world. Starring Fred Dalton Thompson as President of the United States the movie is a wake-up call to secure and destroy nuclear weapons and materials before it is too late. The film is followed by an epilogue moderated by Tom Brokaw.

"Lost Boys of Sudan"
Length: 87 min
By: POV
“Lost Boys of Sudan” is a documentary focusing on the lives of two refugees from the Dinka tribe of Sudan, Peter and Santino. There are granted permission to leave their home in the refugee camp in Africa and are promised a better life in America. The documentary follows the boys for their first full year of living in the United States and adjusting to the extreme changes they face.

"Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the 'War on Terror'"
Length: 27 min
By: Witness
This documentary tells the story of Khaled El-Masri and Binyam Mohamed, two men who survived rendition, secret detention and torture by the U.S. government working with various other governments world-wide. Outlawed places the post- 9/11 phenomenon of renditions and the “war on terror” in a human rights context for use on a global level in advocacy, education, and mobilization.

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Other


"Abstinence Comes to Albuquerque"
Length: 28 min
By: Charles Stuart
This documentary is a case study of abstinence education coming into one public school system in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the controversy that ensued. Abstinence comes to Albuquerque gives voice to a diverse spectrum of people including: teens, parents, public health officials, educators, state officials and national advocates from both sides of the issue (abstinence only education vs. sex-ed).

“An Interior Field Trip: The Painted Drum Davisville Middle School”
Length: 10 min
By: Plan USA
Davisville Middle school students learn that as children they can make a difference in the world and strive for peace. They need to follow the four agreements including- awareness, conflict, acceptance, and action.

“Black Gold”
Length: 78 min
By: Mark and Nick Francis, (film associated with OXFAM)
Black gold traces the path from the coffee-bean-producing famers to the coffee consumed each day all over the world. This film asks us to face the conditions in which coffee is produced and challenges its audience to do something about it. The film includes an introduction to the fair trade movement beginning all over the globe!

“Celebration of Life: A Real-World Extravaganza of Song, Dance, & Theater”
By: Rhythm System
“Rhythm System’s Celebration of Life is a creative musical experience designed to promote cultural understanding through music to individuals of all ages. Founded on the principal that rhythm is a core ingredient of the human spirit, Rhythm System seeks to enhance communication among all people through the understanding and use of rhythm.

“Children as Partners”
Length: 50 min
By: Plan USA
The Children as Partners Conference in Australia: produced completely by children who interviewed conference attendees and recorded speeches. The focus is on conceptions and misconceptions of children, how children are getting involved, and the importance of listening to the voices of young people.

"Favela Rising"
Length: 80 minutes
By: Jeff Zimbalist 
This film documents “a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united.” In the film, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.

"Mama Africa" (2002)
Length: 89 minutes
By: Zimmedia
Six African stories filmed by some of Africa's most skillful and imaginative women filmmakers. Shot on 35mm and 26 minutes each, this series can be shown as a TV series, or in Cinemas as two 90-minute programs. Each story is from a different country, a different perspective, a different focus -- from Arab culture in the Maghreb, to Botswana's vast and unspoiled desert landscape. 

“Media That Matters Film Festival" (2003)
Length: Approx. 1 hour, 56 min
By: MediaRights.org
“Media That Matters” is 16 short films with topics ranging from a girl with cerebral palsy who was raped at her assisted living home to a satiric short abut demographics in America to vides between middle school students in NYC and students in Dubai to the story of Rodney Hulin who was sent to prison for setting a trash can on fire and later committed suicide.

“Media That Matters Film Festival" (2006)
Length: Approx. 1 hour, 56 min
By: MediaRights.org
“Media That Matters” has 16 shorts films that cover some of today’s major issues. Some topics include: an eye-opening short on race and gender, the battle of Congolese women for their reproductive health after the war, the fight against the opening of a casino by Indians in a small town in Michigan, a short on a look at getting permission for marriage, the ‘school to prison pipeline’ in Connecticut, a short on the Asparagus Capital, a short on military recruiting tactics, and more.

“Rights on the Line”
Length: 25 min
By: American Friends Service Committee, ACLU, Witness
In the name of securing the borders private militias like the Minuteman Project are calling on citizens to join armed patrols on the U.S. - Mexican border, where blockade-style border control policies have created a virtual war zone for more than a decade. This film exposes the ugly anti-immigrant politics that lurk behind the Minuteman Project and similar vigilant groups. Shot by human rights activists and border residents, the video tells the story of border crossers and communities whose rights are being violated - and provides a close-up look at vigilantes through interviews and footage of their nighttime patrols.

"Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars"
Length: Approx. 80 min
By: SodaSoap Productions
This film tells the remarkable and life-affirming story of Sierra Leon’s Refugee All Stars, a group of musicians who form a band while living in a West African refugee camp. A brutal, decade long, civil ware in Sierra Leone forced the band members from their homes, it took the lived of many of their loved ones and left them with physical and emotional scars that will never heal. But it could never take away their music. Through music they find a place of refugee, a sense of purpose, and a source of power.

"Tundu Joor"
Length: 7 min
By: Plan Senegal
The inception in 2005 of the TUNDU JOOR project aims at promoting children’s rights through music. Plan Senegal has strived to identify and recruit children coming from worse-off backgrounds throughout Senegal, but who are gifted musicians or singers, in the aim of allowing them to improve themselves and to train them in regards to children’s and citizenship rights.

"The Journal of Short Film" (Volume 9, Fall 2007)
By: Witness
WITNESS is a nonprofit organization that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Witness works to empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. The videos in this volume of The Journal of Short Film show the dedication of human rights defenders in Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Chechnya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, Mexico, Sudan, the United States, and elsewhere.

“The World According to Sesame Street: A Global Documentary of Local Proportions”
Length: 99 min 
By: Sesame Street 
Sesame Street is broadcasted in over 120 countries. This movie focuses on the show’s attempt to bring pre-school education to developing countries. Featured countries include: Bangladesh and the political problems that stall the show’s production, Kosovo and the hope to aid in the peace process between Serbians and Albanians, and South Africa with a focus on HIV/AIDS. “The World According to Sesame Street” gives the viewer a background view into the groundbreaking work they are achieving around the world.

"What are we Doing Here?" (2008)
Length: 82 min
By the Klein Family
What are we Doing Here? explores why the charity given to Africa over the last five decades has been largely ineffective and often harmful. The film tells the story of Brandon, Nicholas, Daniel and Tim Klein who travel across Africa in an attempt to understand why foreign aid has failed to eradicate extreme poverty.

"Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Length: 90 min
Who Killed the Electric Car focuses on the invention of GM’s EV1, an electric car, and then GM’s refusal to actually sell the car because of low demand. The movie is set primarily in California and follows lovers of the EV1, environment activists, GM officials, government official, and inventors. The electric car is, or will become, an important part of society and this film follows part of the electric car’s reawakening and subsequent re-death. 

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