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'Hermano' production company partners with UNICEF on violence prevention in Venezuela

NEW YORK, USA, 15 July 2010 – The UNICEF-supported film, ‘Hermano’ – which last month won the Grand Prix for Best Film at the International Film Festival in Moscow, as well as the audience and critics’ prizes – will now be used to help spur conversations about violence prevention in Venezuela’s poor urban communities.

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VIDEO: Watch the trailer for the film 'Hermano' by Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquin (in Spanish with English subtitles).

 

UNICEF and the film’s production company, AyB Producciones, plan to screen ‘Hermano’ in many of these areas. The screenings and associated discussion forums will be part of an Urban Communities Violence Prevention Model that UNICEF Venezuela is developing in some neighbourhoods in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital.

These activities aim to promote the development of life skills and ensure the right to education among urban children and adolescents – and to help create protective environments for them at the family level, as well as in their schools and communities.

Youth video workshops

AyB Producciones, has previously carried out film workshops for young people in slum areas, where participants learned to write their own scripts and shoot and edit their own productions. Many of them also had the opportunity to work on ‘Hermano’.

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Poster for the film 'Hermano' by Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquin.

UNICEF will now partner with AyB Producciones to offer expanded video workshops to children and adolescents in the Petare district, where the film was shot. This neighbourhood in eastern Caracas is home to approximately 650,000 people, more than a quarter of whom are under 18 years of age.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the film’s ticket sales will support UNICEF Venezuela’s work on child protection and violence prevention. More than 50,000 viewers have seen ‘Hermano’ in the several weeks since its release.

Arts and sport for development

The film’s producers are also hoping to help bring more arts and sports opportunities to young people in the community where it was made.

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The football team of La Ceniza, the fictional neighbourhood of the film 'Hermano'. Director Marcel Rasquin is at at far right.

“We are convinced that by taking sports and entertainment [to slum areas], we can move away vice and drugs and violence. That’s one of the messages of the film,” said director Marcel Rasquin.

UNICEF believes that sport and play are vital elements in the health, happiness and well-being of children and young people. The organization works with governments and other partners around the world on creating sport-based programmes to improve children’s lives and strengthen their communities.


 

 

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13 July 2010: UNICEF Radio talks to director Marcel Rasquin about his latest film, 'Hermano', and his partnership with UNICEF on violence prevention in urban areas of Venezuela.
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