Five Somoni a Day: Child Labor in Tajikistan
Producer, Writer, Director, Editor
Tajikistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. One in seven men go abroad to find jobs as cheap labourers. Of the country's seven million people, more than sixty percent of the population live below the poverty line. The global recession has played a significant role in making the economic conditions worse. Recent studies show that there are over 200,000 child labourers and the number is only rising because of the tough economic times.
This film looks at why there is a need for child labour in Tajikistan and the efforts that UNICEF and the ILO are making with the government to change the country's perceptions about child labour in hopes of eventually reducing and eradicating it.
A geneticist researcher creates a genetically perfect child, but is soon faced with the decision to destroy the child after a government probe begins investigating his company's illegal activities.
Awards: Campus Best Picture at Emory University 2006, Campus Finalist, Regional Finalist 2006, Debuted at Atlanta International Film Festival 2006