Hand Held (film)

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Hand Held
Directed by Don Hahn
Produced by Don Hahn
Starring Mike Carroll
Country United States

Hand Held is a documentary feature film about photojournalist Mike Carroll (Boston Globe, People, Rolling Stone), one of the first photographers to travel to Romania after the fall of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu in 1989.[1] When he arrived, he walked into one of the most horrific scenes of the 20th century. His photographs and heart wrenching stories of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania ran in the Boston Globe and New York Times and opened the eyes of the western world to the plight of Romanian children. The film chronicles Carroll's twenty-year journey to bring aid to children in a country he hardly knew, through the organization he founded, Romanian Children's Relief (RCR).

The film is produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Don Hahn, the man famous for producing Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. After a charity premiere at WGBH in Boston, the film was selected for participation in the Heartland Film Festival, and has been the official selection of the Boulder International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Hand Held's European premiere was in Bucharest in late 2010. The director Don Hahn and subject Mike Carroll were introduced by United States Ambassador Mark Gitenstein who was in attendance at the premiere.


  1. ^ "Bleak picture changing in Romania. Pepperell photographer laid groundwork for relief program". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. February 24, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 

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