No Time for Play


This documentary personalizes the global issue of child labour through the life experiences of Nicaraguan child workers.

It both documents the problem and features some effective solutions, including the initiatives undertaken by the children themselves, and by adult organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in Canada and Nicaragua. The story is told through a series of vignettes of child labourers.

Luis works in the market. He is 10 years old and lives in a crowded barrio with his grandmother and 13 other family members.

Yessenia lives in the city of Matagalpa. She has been working since she was 7. She is now 12 and works six days a week, ten hours a day, looking after the two-year old baby of a professional couple.

Lillian lives on a worker-owned coffee plantation in the hills above Matagalpa.

Helen is 15. She lives with her family on the Managua municipal dump. They earn their living scavenging.

Also featured are two examples of the initiatives being undertaken in Nicaragua. The Los Cumiches Radio Station is a community broadcaster in Matagalpa. It has a program run by children which deals with children's rights.

The Association of Working Boys, Girls and Adolescents of Nicaragua, or NATRAS, is also featured. NATRAS is a NGO for kids, run by kids with minimal adult support.