Nightly news broadcasts are rife with reports of the various dark clouds that children of today are brought up under – whether it’s the threat of abduction or guns in the schoolyard, the concept of an innocent age has all but evaporated in the melee of modern life. Can we, as a society, return to a time where our kids’ movements didn’t have to be tracked and accounted for at every moment? Can the innocence of childhood be restored? This Canadian-made doc examines the impact of the loss of free, unsupervised play on children, ranging from educational performance to mental health. It proves to be both an indictment of the culture of fear, and a warning to families everywhere that growing into a well-balanced adult may actually be as simple as child’s play.
Partners: Sunday Night Entertainment (Toronto) in association with CTV (Canada), distributed through Beyond Distribution (Sydney)
Length: 1 x 46 minutes
Rights available: All rights worldwide, excluding English-speaking Canada