MAKING A DIFFERENCE

TRUE VISION TV FILMS

Breadline Kids: Over 300,000 children were given food aid in the UK in 2013. While politicians argue about why so many kids are experiencing food poverty, we ask the children themselves to tell us why they think the cupboards are bare.

Through their eyes, and in their words, we find out what it’s like when there’s just not enough food on the table; when choices have to be made to heat or to eat; when loan companies hear you are struggling and start bombarding you with texts; and when sudden illness means that a normal life vanishes overnight. Broadcast in 2014 to coincide with a major report released by Oxfam, Trussell Trust and Church Action on Poverty, this compassionate and moving portrait of life for the kids on Britain’s breadlines has been made by BAFTA winning director, Jezza Neumann.

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China’s Stolen Children: Ten years after the policy-changing and award-winning film, The Dying Rooms, the same team returns to a very different China where the infamous One Child Policy has had the horrific side effect of a boom in stolen children.

With extraordinary access to devastated parents desperately searching for their stolen son; a man who brokers the deals and has sold his own offspring; and prospective parents grappling with giving up their soon-to-be-born daughter through lack of options, we are brought face to face with the crisis that such a stringent government policy has created among China’s poorest people.

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Looking after mum: Every day across the country an army of unsung child heroes faces extraordinary challenges that most adults would struggle to cope with. They are Britain’s 700,000 young carers.

While many feel stigmatised, overlooked and even bullied by a society that doesn’t understand the difficulties they face, others are fiercely proud and protective of their role. In this film we get to know four young carers, giving us a rare chance to see into their world – a world that can lurch between joy and heartache in an instant.

Over the course of several months these young carers allowed our cameras to follow them and their families as they deal with situations most adults would struggle to cope with.  All four look after mothers who need continual care – from a life-threatening condition to mental health problems and blindness.  What unites them is their deeply engrained sense of responsibility and an unbreakable bond with their mother.  They all have to find a way to balance their caring roles with the need to still have and enjoy a childhood.

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TB – Return of the plague: Every day across the country an army of unsung child heroes faces extraordinary challenges that most adults would struggle to cope with. They are Britain’s 700,000 young carers.

While many feel stigmatised, overlooked and even bullied by a society that doesn’t understand the difficulties they face, others are fiercely proud and protective of their role. In this film we get to know four young carers, giving us a rare chance to see into their world – a world that can lurch between joy and heartache in an instant.

Over the course of several months these young carers allowed our cameras to follow them and their families as they deal with situations most adults would struggle to cope with.  All four look after mothers who need continual care – from a life-threatening condition to mental health problems and blindness.  What unites them is their deeply engrained sense of responsibility and an unbreakable bond with their mother.  They all have to find a way to balance their caring roles with the need to still have and enjoy a childhood.

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Kids in camp: In 2015, True Vision productions produced a one-off special for Comic Relief following the lives of children living in temporary camps in South Sudan and refugee camps just across the border in Northern Uganda.

The South Sudanese civil war displaced over 1.5 million people. South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, also faced famine which, it is predicted, could result in the deaths of over 50,000 children. With a heart-wrenching and personal glimpse into their lives, these children told their own inspiring, moving stories in their own words.

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Poor Kids USA: As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one in five of the nation’s children are living below the poverty level. One in 45 is homeless.

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In Poor Kids, True Vision travelled to the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, to explore the lives of children living in the suburbs of the nation’s heartland and growing up poor. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this one-hour documentary offered a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected. Click here for the latest updates

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Poor Kids UK:  3.5 million kids live in poverty in the UK. It’s one of the worst rates in the industrialised world and successive governments continue to struggle to bring it under control.

Poor Kids offers 4 children the chance to share their insights on life on the bottom rung of society’s ladder. In turn funny, tragic, moving and fascinating, Courtney (8), Paige (10, Sam (11) and his sister Kayleigh (16) take us into their lives and show us the unvarnished reality of growing up below the poverty line in Britain today. Breathtakingly honest and eloquent they give testament to how having no money affects their lives: lack of food, being bullied and having nowhere to play. The children might be indignant about their situation now, but this may not be enough to help them; their thoughts on the future are sobering. Poor Kids is a startling insight into what life is like for Britain’s poorest children. Please click here for the latest updates.

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The Slumdog Children of Mumbai:  Tells the moving stories of Deepa, Salaam, and twins Hussan & Hussein – four children caught up in the maelstrom of life on the streets and in the slums of Mumbai.

Filmed over three months through the monsoon, by award-winning film-maker Nick Read, we witness the bravery, resourcefulness and extraordinary resilience of these children, as they grow up long before they should. Please click here for the latest updates.

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Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children: Tells the story of three children trying to survive in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, a country which was once the jewel of Africa but where the infrastructure is now in terminal collapse.

Grace, Esther and Obert show us how they not only struggle to put food in their mouths but also desperately seek the money they need to pay next term’s school fees.

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The Lost Girls of South Africa is a timely and revealing feature length documentary that offers a privileged glimpse into what life is really like for young girls growing up in South Africa. It follows the stories of four girls, aged 11-13, who become victims of child rape, looking at the experience and its aftermath through their eyes and in their words.

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