Film Screening to Raise Awareness of Child Labor held at TUFS

February 18, 2019

On Tuesday the 8th of January 2019, TUFS Cinema held a screening of “The Price of Free” (2018), a documentary film about Indian human rights activist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Kailash Satyarthi, in the Prometheus Hall of AGORA Global.

This screening was able to happen due to the efforts of TUFS students Ikuko Abe (School of International and Area Studies, South Asian Area Studies, second year) and Ryona Mita (School of International and Area Studies, Southwest European Area Studies, second year), and Sophia University student Mio Mochizuki (Faculty of Foreign Studies, English Studies, second year). Mio Mochizuki is also planning a screening of this film at Sophia University.

This film is a documentary following the Indian human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, and depicts how he rescued children from child labor, and how he started a global movement.

After the screening, Abe, Mita and Mochizuki took to the stage and gave a talk on the current situation of, and areas rife with, child labor using materials they had prepared themselves.

Following this, a talk was given by Professor Ichiro Majima and Associate Professor Kensaku Mamiya (both from the Institute of Global Studies), and contemporary artist Masanori Oda.

The screening ended with a questions and answer session.

Many people from both inside and outside of TUFS attended this screening, After the screening, many people were heard voicing their opinions such as “I’m glad I heard about child labor and that there are people fighting against it, and I want to find a way I can help too.”

This screening was held as part of the “100 Million Campaign,” an international campaign working towards creating a world that can guarantee the freedom, safety and education of children and youths everywhere. This campaign aims to inspire 100 million children and youths (13–25 years of age) to rise up and reform the society, and as a first step towards this, the campaign aims to have this film be seen by 100 million viewers under 25.