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Series of documentary films on African children launched in Mozambique

© UNICEF/MOZA-02259/T.Delvigne-Jean
A series of documentary films, sponsored by UNICEF, in partnership with TVE, portrays progress and challenges for child survival in Africa.

Maputo, April 2009 – Seven documentary films on progress and challenges to the survival of African children have, since last year, been launched in 15 African countries, including Mozambique.

The films were directed by prominent African film-makers, with the support of UNICEF, in partnership with Television for the Environment (TVE), with the aim of documenting and supporting the efforts of the African continent to speed up progress in child survival.

These are short films, which tell life stories on the main challenges faced by women and children in Africa, and the role of various stakeholders in the search for solutions.

The showing of these films in Mozambique began in February this year, in partnership with Iris Imaginações (responsible for translation and distribution), the Health and Justice Ministries, and national television stations.

A showing of two of the films was organised at the Faculty of Medicine of the Eduardo Mondlane University, attended by representatives of the Government, researchers, students and development professionals.

On this occasion, the film “African Child” – filmed in Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Madagascar – was shown, portraying the general panorama of the conditions and challenges for child survival in Africa.

© UNICEF Mozambique/ E.Machiana
Dr Roberto de Bernardi, of UNICEF, chairs a reflection on the situation of children in Mozambique during the session showing films about African children.

Also shown was the film “Roofless”, produced in Mozambique and directed by Licínio de Azevedo. This film tells a life story of the impact of gender discrimination, focused on the inheritance rights of widows and their children.

The session was a further opportunity for a brief reflection on the situation of children in Mozambique, and on the cross-cutting aspects of gender inequality in the country, focused on inheritance issues and their impact on the family.

Also in this series of films are the following:

‘Life in Slow Motion’, from the Nigerian director Tunde Kelani, which deals with the impact of oil discoveries on development.

‘Ca Va Aller’, by Idrissa Ouedrago, of Burkina Faso, on food shortages and malnutrition in children.

‘Survie des enfants’, directed by Fanta Regina Nacro of Burkina Faso, which deals with the role of the community in supporting and caring for children affected by AIDS.

‘Those Who the Train Left Behind’, by the South African director Khalo Matabane, which tells us of the damage done to child survival by growing economic disparities.

‘The Sharing Day’, by Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe, a drama which deals with the role of children, adolescents and young people in the response to the impact of HIV on their communities.



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