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Film Review: Zero Ten Twenty

Story by Elizabeth Lewis, Staff Writer

In 1992, leaders from nations around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio Earth Summit, a summit at which world leaders gathered to develop a plan that would create a better future for the world’s population in the decades to come. The leaders hoped to push the idea that a change in attitude and lifestyle is necessary in order to create change for a sustainable future. That same year, the film Zero Ten Twenty, directed by Bruno Sorrentino, began filming. The premise behind the film involves following eleven children born in 1992 from vastly different parts of the world and observing their lives over the course of twenty years. Across the board, there were some similarities.  Most of the children were born at a time of great change in their respective home countries. Martens of Latvia was born just as the nation was gaining its independence from Soviet rule, ready to face the challenges of a nation with varying ethnic backgrounds gaining footage in changing global economy. Kay-Kay, born in China, was born into the Chinese industrial revolution, during which her parents would work long hours throughout her life, but ultimately earn enough income to send their daughter to university and live a comfortable life. However, the most important constant across all of the children was the concept of education. Erdo, born in Kenya during a time of great strife, saw in his life a split between his mother and father, regarding his education. His mother wished to live a settled life where Erdo would be able to walk to school, while his father wished to continue on in a nomadic farming life. Ultimately, Erdo left with his mother to live a settled life. As the parents were interviewed at the time of the births of their children, each of them desired to provide an adequate education for their child. This emphasis on education was passed down to each child, although not all would be successful in their endeavors. Many obstacles would be placed in front of each of them as they grew from age ten to age twenty. Sometimes the troubles were money related, other times it was an issue of displacement, but each young adult still dreamed of an education in the end. Over the course of twenty years, the word changed drastically for people on all corners of the globe. The boom in technology made some jobs obsolete, but added new jobs in other areas. The children born during the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 have yet to see the benefits of the promises made by the leaders of the participating nations. These children have a clear idea of what needs to be done to create a better future, not only for themselves, but also for the world as a whole.



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