U. Roberto Romano (1956-2013), also known as Robin Romano, was an American documentary filmmaker, producer, photojournalist, and human rights activist. He is known for directing Stolen Childhoods (2005), The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010), and The Harvest/La Cosecha (2010) and for campaigning against exploitative child labor practices. In addition to filmmaking, Romano’s photography documented child and migrant labor worldwide. The Romano archives are housed at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut.
Romano was born in New York City in 1956. His father was portrait painter and Works Progress Administration (WPA) muralist Umberto Romano (died September 27, 1982); his mother was Clorinda Corcia. Romano Sr. born in Bracigliano, near Salerno, Italy, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 9 with his parents. Romano Jr. attended the Lycée Français de New York, Allen-Stevenson School, and Horace Mann High School. He graduated from Amherst College as an Interdisciplinary Scholar in 1980. Romano began his filmmaking career as a producer and cameraman for Les Productions de Sagittaire in Montreal. He died at his home of complications related to Lyme disease.