Sexual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, but very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. PLAYGROUND traces the epidemic to its disparate and decidedly domestic roots. Director Libby Spears’ cultural observations are couched in the ongoing search for Michelle, an American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation a decade earlier, and illuminate a sinister industry of unrecognized pervasiveness – essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen.






Directed by
Libby Spears

Original artwork by
Yoshitomo Nara

Animation by
Heather Bursch, Song Kim and Gudrun Cram-Drach

Produced by
Martha Adams, David de Rothschild, Libby Spears, Matt & Tracy Smith, Arden Wohl, Julia Ormond, Devon Schneider and Stefan Nowicki

Executive Produced by
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Steven Soderbergh, Abby Disney, Lauren Embrey, Gayle Embrey and Jeff Vespa


Edited by
Oreet Rees