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The New Heroes: Featuring Kailash Satyarthi, Hosted by Robert Redford

Directors
:
Carl Byker and Mitch Wilson Kailash Satyarthi...THE NEW HEROS
Screenwriter
:
Carl Byker
Director of Photography
:
Mitch Wilson
Editor
:
Isaac Mizrahi
Music
:
Christopher Hedge
Major Funding By
:
The Skoll Foundation
Additional Funding By
:
Calvert and Flora Family Foundation
 
Produced by
:
Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with Malone-Grove Productions Inc
   
Photo: Red Hill Production

The New Heroes tells the 12 dramatic stories of daring people from all corners of the globe who, against all odds, are successfully alleviating poverty and illness, combating unemployment and violence, and bringing education, light, opportunity and freedom to poor and marginalized people around the world.

Also known as "social entrepreneurs," they develop innovations that bring life-changing tools and resources to people desperate for viable solutions. Identifying and solving large-scale social problems requires a committed person with a vision and determination to persist in the face of daunting odds. Ultimately, social entrepreneurs are driven to produce measurable impact by opening up new pathways for the marginalized and disadvantaged, and unlocking society's full potential to effect social change.

Kailash Satyarthi, The New Hero

Kailash Satyarthi...THE NEW HEROS
Photo: Red Hill Production
 

Kailash Satyarthi has saved tens of thousands of lives. At the age of 26 he gave up a promising career as an electrical engineer and dedicated his life to helping the millions of children in India who are forced into slavery by powerful and corrupt business- and land-owners. His original idea was daring and dangerous. He decided to mount raids on factories — factories frequently manned by armed guards — where children and often entire families were held captive as bonded workers.

After successfully freeing and rehabilitating thousands of children, he went on to build up a global movement against child labour. Today Kailash heads up the Global March Against Child Labour, a conglomeration of 2000 social-purpose organizations and trade unions in 140 countries.

Yet even as he has become a globally recognized figure, Kailash continues the gritty work of leading raids to free slaves. Kailash believes that he must focus on a range of activities -- from the most grassroots to the most visionary -- in order to win the fight.

Kailash Satyarthi...THE NEW HEROS
 
Photo: Red Hill Production

Kailash says "If not now, then when? If not you, then who? If we are able to answer these fundamental questions, then perhaps we can wipe away the blot of human slavery."

Hosted by Robert Redford, the 4 part New Heroes series was aired on PBS stations Tuesdays, June 28 - July 5, 2005.

 

 


Know more about The New Heros Project:
http://www.globalgiving.com/cb/newheroes/pr/1100/proj1039a.html

 

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