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Child Soldiers (2002)


There is a minimum of 300,000 child soldiers in the world. The documentary takes an intimate look at children fighting in Uganda, Sudan, Myanmar, Colombia and Sierra Leone. The film features historical footage, interviews with child soldiers and their families and UN officials who are trying to stop the practice of using under 18 year olds.

Curator’s notes

Archbishop Desmond Tutu says 'There is simply no excuse, no acceptable argument for arming children’. The film’s producer, Andrew Ogilvie comments, ‘Child Soldiers is the most difficult project I have been responsible for. We were asking film crews to go to remote and very dangerous places, most often alone and with very little backup if something went wrong. While we took every possible precaution to protect them, there were a number of occasions when I wasn’t sure if we were going to come back in one piece, and this was very stressful’.

The writer and director Alan Lindsay’s credits include A Compassionate Rage, Ice Break Heart, Macarthur’s Dream and Savage Play.