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No one's rights are as vulnerable as those of a child, a point this 2005 TV documentary by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater painfully illustrates. Rosa, a nine-year-old Nicaraguan whose parents toiled as coffee pickers in Costa Rica, was raped and impregnated on her way to school. Her condition became a cause celebre in the Costa Rican press, which vilified the parents, while the Nicaraguan government, pressured by the Catholic Church, moved to sequester the ailing girl so she could carry the fetus to term. This harrowing tale argues the importance of separating church and state but sidesteps such issues as the fate of Rosa's accused attacker and the background of her human rights champions. In English and subtitled Spanish. 54 min.

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