To Work Is To Grow

To Work Is To Grow

(To Work Is To Grow), Léa Klaue / N, 2015
Spanish version / Czech and English subtitles, 32 min

Gerald, Ruben, Neysa and their friends are children and adolescents who work as wheelbarrow pushers at a market and as prayer boys in a cemetery in the region of Cochabamba in Bolivia. With their own labor union – the Bolivian working children's union UNATsBO - they will present their ideas and defend their right to work in front of the parliament, where a new legislature concerning working children is decided. "To work is to grow" presents some working children's opinion about child labour, but also these children's actual work. Work becomes a tool to empower and grow – through one's good as well as one's bad moments.

Léa was born in 1989 in Bern, grew up in the Swiss Alps where she enjoyed a bilingual education. She completed a Bachelor in Social Anthropology and Media Studies at the Unviversity of Basel and soon knew that she wanted to make films. During this time she travelled many times to Latin America for different reasons, among other to study one semester in Santiago de Chile. Léa completed a Master of Arts in Visual Cultural Studies at the University of Tromsø in Northern Norway with a fieldwork and a film about working children in Bolivia, which is her first film.

 

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