|© Film still from ‘All the Invisible Children’.|
|A scene from the Spike Lee-directed segment about children living with HIV/AIDS from the film. Lee’s segment, entitled ‘Jesus Children of America’, is about a Brooklyn teenager with drug-addicted parents who discovers she is HIV-positive.|
By Maya Dollarhide
NEW YORK, 6 September 2005 – The rights of millions of children and adolescents are denied by exploitation and war. Three hundred million children around the world suffer from hunger. Over 100 million have never been to school.
A new film called ‘All the Invisible Children’ was screened recently (out of competition) at the 62nd Venice Biennale Film Festival. The film is dedicated to all of those millions of children.
Comprised of seven shorts, the children featured in the film struggle in the face of violence, disease and poverty. They are stand-ins for millions of their silent peers - those who are forgotten or ignored - every day, on every continent.
A cross-section of countries - England, the United States of America, Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Burkina Faso and China - provide the often brutal setting for the subject of each short.
UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Italian Development Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) all helped fund the project, which features a wealth of talent behind the camera.
Eight well-known directors – Medhi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Katia Lund, Jordan Scott and Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso and John Woo – donated their creative talent to the world’s ‘invisible children’.
Director Spike Lee spoke to the BBC recently about the film.
"I think the title [‘All the Invisible Children’] is very significant - we are talking about children all over the world that don't have a voice," said Lee. "Everybody has a unique vision. Everybody comes from a different cultural background - that's the fresco that you get from a film like this."
Lee’s segment, entitled ‘Jesus Children of America’, tells the story of a Brooklyn teenager with drug-addicted parents, who discovers she is HIV-positive.
‘The Invisible Children’ is based on an idea by Chiara Tilesi and produced by Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Chiara Tilesi and Stefano Veneruso for MK Film Production. Proceeds from the film will benefit the WFP and UNICEF.
It’s hoped future screenings will continue to raise awareness about forgotten children everywhere. On 17 September 2005 the film will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival.