Grades 6-12, College, Adult
Directed by Robbie Hart and Luc Côté
Produced by Adobe Foundations
DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35
US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1994
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-874-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-610-0
Awards and Festivals
Prix Gemeau, Best Editing, Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
The Japan Prize, Young Peoples Division
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Turning 16 Series|
The Story of Puttinan
A determined Thai girl has experienced the hardship of child labor.
Are young people being exploited? At 13, Puttinan left her small village for Bangkok, where she toiled under harsh conditions for three years to help support her family. She now devotes herself to ending child labor exploitation.
An episode in the 8-part series that explores whether there is such a thing as a global teenager. The series focuses on the lives of six teens in six different countries and examines the major issues facing young people everywhere.
Other titles in the series are:
Youth & The Global Village - How much do teens have in common worldwide?
The Story of Rosie - Teen pregnancy in Jamaica.
The Story of Idrissa - Cultural values conflict with consumerism for a boy in Africa.
The Story of Eman - A Cairo girl's struggle to attain higher education.
The Story of Pintinho - A young Brazilian athlete hopes soccer will be his ticket out of poverty.
The Story of Sonam - A Tibetan boy in India tries to reconcile religious faith and cultural distractions.
Youth & the Future - Teens worldwide consider their futures. What impact will Western culture have?
"Put(s) a human and multi-dimensional face on the child labor problem...could easily be used to encourage discussions about young people in other cultures, and about problems young people face at home and abroad."
News and Reviews, Asian Educational Media Service
"Great for introducing teens to their international peers."
"Asks all the right questions, placing fundamental human (and adolescent) concerns in an edifying-and sometimes troubling-global context."
Wilson Library Bulletin