A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everybody has the power to take action and change the world, no matter their age -- and we should start right now. Building connections can help with healing. Themes include communication, courage, curiosity, gratitude, humility, integrity, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Featured kids are using their individual talents to help improve lives of other children -- and the world. They demonstrate empathy, courage, integrity, perseverance, and more. Positive, diverse representation in areas of race, gender, economic status. Children demonstrate nontraditional traits/roles related to gender: Boys are sensitive and caring, and girls are strong, smart, and mighty.
Violence & Scariness
Quick images of soldiers carrying guns or in tanks. Stories of child abuse, one including photographic images of burns and wounds. Mentions of child prostitution and exploitation. Images of children living in perilous, impoverished conditions.
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Products & Purchases
Apple logo on laptop shown a few times.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Negative reference to adults drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Child of Nature is a tween-targeted documentary about kids from around the world who are working to create real positive change. Spotlighting children who've faced significant challenges, the movie delivers a message to use creativity, curiosity, perseverance, and your own unique skill set to help improve others' lives. The movie has positive diverse representation in the areas of race, gender, and economic status, with both boys and girls demonstrating nonstereotypical traits. Many of the kids come from impoverished communities; while mentions are made of hunger, abuse, and child prostitution, they're mostly brief and not told emotionally. That said, one teen's story of abuse and abandonment is pretty horrific, and photos of his wounds are shown (it's worth noting that his life takes a very positive turn after the incident). This is a great watch-together opportunity for adults and tweens/teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Motivating kids to help others isn't always easy, but this documentary taps into the best tool we have: Showing them other kids who are thriving in their efforts. Criss-crossing the globe, director Marcos Negrão gives the mic (literally, in the case of Indian teen journalist/narrator Kanupriya) to philanthropic and activist kids. Young people are a wellspring of creativity and imagination, and their solutions range from big to small. The only issue is that the information is sometimes delivered in a sophisticated way that may not always fully engage the target age group (it may feel like grown-ups are trying to teach them something).
Each featured kid explains the challenges that they face -- poverty, escaping war and living in a refugee camp, child abuse, a threat to their way of life, etc. -- and then talks about looking within themselves and their own abilities to find a solution to help others. Seeing such a wide variety of kids in their own environments is bound to help foster empathy and understanding. And at the same time, the movie makes it clear that no matter where you live, there's plenty to be done: Jump in. Help out. You're not too young.
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