“Every single minute matters. Every single child matters. Every single childhood matters.”
Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his family have spent decades fighting for an end to child labour in India, and beyond — but not without controversy. Nevertheless, a combination of child rescues and aggressive lobbying has played a huge role in shrinking India’s child worker estimate from 12 million to four.
Confronting the irate beneficiaries of illegal operations — factory owners, corrupt police and criminal mobs — is dangerous work. Satyarthi has endured serious physical injuries; one of his colleagues was beaten to death while organising a protest march.
Too often, even parents are complicit in their children’s unending toil.
— Sundance, Grand Jury Prize