Millennial-focused network creates serious documentary highlighting the plight of children caught in conflict zones
GritoBlast! Since its launch in 2013, Fusion, the joint effort between Disney/ABC and Univision, has striven to prove itself a step above the usual media that targets millennials. No brainless chisme here. The company’s latest documentary project is but one more example of how seriously this multimedia platform is taking its commitment to creating smart content.
According to the United Nations, 2014 was “one of the worst years on record for children around the world,” with one billion children living in places torn apart by war and conflict. Fusion journalist Alicia Menendez traveled to three areas of the world where children have been especially hard hit by violence to give their voices a platform since too often they are drowned out by politics, policy and gunfire.
Generation in Crisis follows Menendez as she travels to three continents: the Zaatari refugee camp in Northern Jordan, to speak to young Syrians who have been displaced from their homes; El Salvador to report on how the confluence of the drug trade, gang violence and lack of economic opportunity has led children to flee to the United States; and the city of Kigali in Rwanda to speak with young genocide survivors.
Menendez shines a light on young adults around the world, particularly women and children, who don’t have access to formal schooling, who are marrying off at younger ages, and who are becoming unexpected heads of households as they grapple with the violence that has engulfed their homes.
Though the film already aired on the Fusion network earlier this month, the entire documentary is available online for viewing.