Emmy-nominated documentary, "Child Brides: Stolen Lives," screened on September 25, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—“NOW on PBS Comes to Vassar,” on Thursday, September 25, with a screening of the Child Brides: Stolen Lives, which will begin at 5:30 pm in Sanders Hall, 212. This documentary was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in the category “Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine,” with winners to be announced on September 22.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with producer of the film, Amy Bucher; Jacqueline de Chollet, funder of the program in Rajasthan, India, (one of the sites where the documentary was filmed) and president of the Global Foundation for Humanity; and Shirley Johnson-Lans, professor of economics at Vassar.

This documentary from the PBS weekly newsmagazine, NOW on PBS, reports on child marriage in developing countries and how people can act locally and globally to solve the problem. The program is free and open to the public.


An estimated 100 million girls will be married over the next 10 years, and the hour-long documentary, Child Brides: Stolen Lives marks the first time the subject was documented for a primetime television newsmagazine.

Countries visited included Niger, India, and Guatemala, with senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa taking viewers on a journey of sorrow, healing and hope, including scenes of an illegal midnight wedding in India where children as young as three are married. In each country, Hinojosa reports on the work of brave community members who are campaigning to end the centuries-old practice of child marriage—sometimes putting their own lives at risk.

Child brides typically experience high rates of childbirth complications, HIV infection, and partner violence. Child marriage also traps families in a cycle of poverty. “Child marriage is today what female genital mutilation was 10 years ago—a global issue affecting millions of girls and women, yet one few people are talking about,” said Hinojosa, an award-winning reporter who found her role to be both a professional and personal journey of a lifetime. “I was moved and inspired by the people I met working at the community level to bring an end to this practice.”

Child Brides: Stolen Lives was produced by Amy Bucher. Full credits include NOW on PBS’s David Brancaccio, senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa, senior producer Lesley Norman, and executive producer John Siceloff. The production team consulted extensively with experts on the subject in the development of the film. The International Center for Research on Women and the Population Council provided invaluable assistance. The funding for Child Brides: Stolen Lives was provided by the Nike Foundation; the United Nations Population Fund and the UN Foundation provided outreach funding.

This presentation is sponsored by the Economics Department with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Anthropology, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, and Women’s Studies at Vassar.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 5, 2008