Children of the World (Series) (1969-1974)

In 1969 the CBC aired a series of six half-hour "semi-documentaries" on children in different areas of the world, in association with UNICEF.

Some film teams visited countries like Dahomey, Brazil, Guatemala, Somalia, Thailand and Nepal, where UNICEF located young people who talked about their culture and their way of life--for example, 11-year-old Nicholas Mignanwande, a member of the Fons tribe, lived in the village of Ganuie in Dahomey beside a large lagoon on a house built over the water on long stilts. He tells the story of life spent going to school in the morning and helping his father fish during the afternoon. In Guatemala two girls, Norberta (12) and Herlinda (10), tell about the colorful religious ceremonies and of their ancient Central American civilization and pay a visit to the thousand-year-old Mayan city of Iximache. In each program some emphasis is placed on the social problems, to make viewers more aware of the need for support from more affluent countries. The Guatemalan girls take the viewers on a visit to their father's farm which produces corn, beans, and coffee. On the way, Herlinda finds a sick baby lying in rags in a peasant's hut. The next day she and her father arrange to take the baby to a health clinic in a nearby village.

Three additional programs were produced in 1974, on children in Chile, Peru and Jamaica.


Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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