Sarah McAllister and Marcella Park’s film, Once Upon a Childhood, illustrates how a war that ended decades ago continues to impact children and families in Laos every day. We meet children and teens who have been maimed when setting off unexploded bombs, and families devastated when parents lose limbs and are unable to provide for their children. Experts and educators weigh in on how to address this vital issue now and in the future.
This teen-produced documentary resulted from An Investigative Journalism Adventure to Laos, a program of Friendship Tours World Travel and Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California, led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre (Content Media Group), artist/educator Cheri Gaulke, and history teacher Alethea Paradis. For more info about this and other trips, go to friendshiptoursworld.com. To see more teen-produced films on the Secret War on Laos, go to SayNoToUXO.com.