Film documenting gains toward eliminating child labor will be shown March 3

A screening of the documentary “Butterfly, Butterfly,” with director Len Morris, will be held at 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Bear Auditorium, Farr Hall of Science, on the Ripon College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The sponsors are the Center for Politics and the People and Freeland, a frontline counter-trafficking organization for a World Free of Wildlife Trafficking and Human Slavery.

Morris, the 38-minute film’s director and producer, will present his newest film, “Butterfly, Butterfly” (2022) which is a personal journey of remembrance through 30 years of filming children all over the world. The film is a measure of gains made in eliminating child labor.

The film had its world premiere at The United Nations Association Film Festival at the end of October 2022. It then was shown at The International Children’s Human Rights Film Festival in Turkey, and in December 2022 had its Island premier at the MVFF at the Grange.

Morris films stories about children on every continent and across the United States and observes the changes that have occurred for better or worse in children’s human rights. “Butterfly, Butterfly” shows footage that hasn’t been seen by the public before and is a measure of the gains made through advocacy – a snapshot of how we treat children as a society and a look at the future. It is a personal salute to the beauty and resilience of children.

Morris is the editorial director of Media Voices for Children, a documentary filmmaker lecturer, and advocate for children’s human rights. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Iqbal Masih Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for his “extraordinary efforts to end the worst forms of child labor.” His work has been shown for the U.S. Department of Labor, The World Bank, the U.S. State Department, USAID and on dozens of college campuses.

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