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Jesser and the Sugarcane

Sun Feb 26 2017 02:17 • 15 min

Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: 'All children have the right to choose their future work'

Jesser lives in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, in the middle of where sugarcanes are produced. The wooden houses en huts in this area are in poor condition because it is built on dusty and heated ground. Fields of sugarcane cover up the area. “Look! We are living in the prison of sugarcanes! I’m going to plan a great escape!“, he jokes. But despite of his age, he is fully aware of the hopeless situation he and his family are in.

Jesser’s father is sick and suffers from severe kidney failure, like many other men in the village who cut sugarcanes. Unfortunately, there is no other work. Jesser is very scared that he might lose his father and knows that this might happen if he goes to work in de fields again. At the same time, he also understands that without his father working, his family won’t be able to afford food. He, as the eldest son, will probably have to do the same work as his father in the future. Jesser wants to change his faith and is trying his utmost best to plan another future for himself. Will he ever succeed?

Jesser and the Sugarcane premiered at IDFA 2016 and is selected for the Kids & Docs Competition. 

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Jesser and the Sugarcane was made in association with Solidaridad.