Children across the globe share similarities in their daily lives despite differences in cultures, religions, and locations.
The short film, Amar, follows a 14-year-old boy from Jamshedpur, a major industrialized city in Eastern India, during his daily routine. Subtitled, “All great achievements require time,” the film emphasizes the role of time in Amar’s life and his one-pointed commitment to realizing his goals.
Amar is the main breadwinner in his family and he is not alone. In 2011, according to UNICEF, nearly 28 million children between ages 5 and 14 were engaged in work in India. Poverty is the main reason for child labor, and Amar lives in Jharkhand, one of the poorest states in India. According to the Reserve Bank of India, in 2012, approximately 21 percent of India’s population fell below the international poverty line and approximately 37 percent of Jharkhand residents lived in poverty.* Unlike many poor children in India, Amar attends a special half-day school that allows him to work to support his family as well as pursue an education. One of Amar’s dreams is to become a cricket star. He applies perseverance and determination—from before sunrise to after sunset—to excel at school and his two jobs.
Connections to National Standards
Common Core English Language Arts. SL.11-12.1.c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. D2.Geo.4.9-12. Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies Standards. D2.Geo.2.9-12. Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between location of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.