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Stairway from Hell (2010)

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Most of us will never know true poverty. The poverty of watching our children die because we cannot afford a hospital. The poverty of trying to make enough money picking through garbage to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Remerose Juanitas
Rolando Cumbas
Jenny Balatinsayo
Gloribeth Nieva
Jamil Magdaillion
Clariza Mae Tangi
Moneth De Los Santos
Arianne Flores
Fatima Tamares
Teresita Prudente
Teresita Sumalabe
Lilibeth Gustilo
Elena Belarmino
Annarie Lopez
Girlie Ebina


Most of us will never know true poverty. The poverty of watching our children die because we cannot afford a hospital. The poverty of trying to make enough money picking through garbage to hopefully eat that night. The poverty of having to choose who in a family won't eat because there is simply not enough. Living in such conditions, there is no room for hope, the only focus is survival and making it to the next day. Remerose, Rolando and Jenny are three children from the Philippines who live in such poverty. Remerose started cutting sugarcane eight hours a day when she was seven years old. She lied about her age so she could work and earns half of what an adult does, about 25 U.S. cents a day. Jenny's family lives in a one room cinder block hut. It is brand new, having been rebuilt twice in the last two years, after a typhoon and volcano destroyed it two separate times. Because of these disasters, her parents have neither a job, nor the means to leave to go somewhere else to find one... Written by Rebecca Flint

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The story of three children's opportunity to escape from abject poverty and enter a world they've never seen before, one in which they have a future.







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6 December 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I just bought this documentary because I thought the title and synopsis looked interesting. My husband and I were very moved by the story and the well defined characters. It is a shame we don't get to see those quality documentaries on general TV anymore...

The production value is also very high. The music is excellent and the images are breathtaking. I have never seen the slums from a child's point of view. The landscape shots of the Philippines are amazing!

I am happy that there are still documentaries out there which are not about drugs, sex and violence. I very much appreciate the effort of the filmmaker to bring a story into this world which is mainly about deeper humanitarian values.

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