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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Shot entirely undercover over the course of nine months, a beautiful and moving documentary which tells the stories of three children growing up in today's Zimbabwe.

12-year-old Grace rummages through rubbish dumps in Harare to find bones to sell for school fees; nine-year-old Esther has to care for her baby sister and her mother who is dying of HIV/AIDS; and 13-year-old Obert pans for gold to make enough money to buy food for himself and his gran, while dreaming of somehow getting the education he craves.

From BAFTA-winning director Jezza Neumann and BAFTA-winning producer, Xoliswa Sithole, a powerful tale unfolds of the gaping chasm between what these children hope for and what their country can currently provide.

Last on

Tue 31 Aug 2010 21:00 BBC Two

  • Photo: Esther and her mother

    Photo: Esther and her mother

    Nine-year-old Esther, at home with her mother.

  • Photo: Michelle and Grace

    Photo: Michelle and Grace

    Michelle and Grace, both aged 12, are seen collecting bones.


Jezza Neumann
Xoliswa Sithole


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