Children of the fourth World – Documentary
60 Minute Documentary – First Aired Nationally on PBS in 1999. Emmy Winner.
In the early 1990’s while filming a Presidential Election in Guatemala City, Film maker John Biffar met an American woman, Kari Engen. She had traveled to Guatemala City several years earlier on a mission to help poor, and hungry children. When she arrived in Guatemala city she learned of the plight of the children, many lost and abandoned. Living on the streets – After all, this was “The Third World.” But then she learned of the children living in the dump. An entire subculture of people in a trash pile. This was “The Fourth World.” Her life’s mission has become helping these children to escape the deadly grasp and cycle of life in the dump. Her program, Mi Refugio is the result. John has documented her struggles, triumphs and tragedies for two decades. This documentary was produced in the late 1990’s by Bush Entertainment and Trilogy Media, John’s production company. Hosted by and Narrated by Film Actress Ali MacGraw.
Dedicating her life and all she believes to helping these children, and their families have a better life. For those of us in the US, this documentary gives us evidence that the SMALLEST thing, the most insignificant thing in our lives here in this country could be HUGE for a child living in a Central American dump. But amidst all that dirt and despair, a light can shine through it all…powered by belief that it can be changed. And the most humble person with no means at all, can make that change a reality. According to Kari, that happens when we look into our hearts and ask god for answers.