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UNICEF: Movies tell about children’s rights

This fall, people from 100 different cities of Ukraine will see the best movies on children’s rights

October 3, 2010 the seventh season Travelling Film Festival on Human Rights Docudays UA. started in Zaporizhya.

For the second time, children's rights are the special focus of Travelling Film Festival Docudays UA. Each year the program of the International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights Docudays UA receives numerous films on current issues of child rights. Almost everywhere, this subject does not leave the best filmmakers indifferent. Many films are true masterpieces of the documentary and were awarded the most prestigious awards at international film festivals around the world.

To draw general public attention to violations of child rights in the country and raise awareness on child rights, festival organizers have developed a special program for different age groups. This Docudays UA film festival initiative is realizing in cooperation with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine.

Cooperation between Docudays UA Film Festival and UNICEF was established in 2009 to 20-anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and was carrying out in the framework of the global festival of children's rights.

This year's best documentaries from Ukraine, Europe and Asia on children's rights within the Travelling Film Festival of Films on Human Rights Docudays UA will be shown to people in 100 cities and towns in 22 regions of Ukraine, in Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv region, Kirovograd, Krivoy Rog, Lugansk, Lutsk, Alchevsk, Lviv, Odesa, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Sevastopol, Simferopol and Crimea. Demonstration of the festival films will take place in theatres, public clubs, universities, schools, youth clubs, bookstores, libraries, etc.

The special program also includes the compilation film "Ukraine in Focus" made by a well known film director Olena Fetisova. These films have a common theme - the search for solutions for the problem of child abandonment in Ukraine.

Besides movies there will be meetings with prominent human rights activists, cultural workers and artists, thematic debates, discussions, debates among youth audiences.

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Short Note: The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by resolution 44/25 the General Assembly of 20 November 1989. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is an agreement between the countries, which states how the government of each country should take care of children. It was ratified by 193 states, except USA and Somalia.

Ukraine has taken a number of commitments to improve the welfare of children - in particular, signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Convention was ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 27 February, 1991 and came into force for Ukraine on 27 September 1991. http://www.unicef.org/ukraine/ukr/children_11699.html

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997.

For further information please contact:
Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine
Tel: + 38.044.254.2450
Email: vvashchenko@unicef.org
Sergiy Prokhorov, Communication Assistant, UNICEF Ukraine
Tel: + 38.044.254.2450
Email: sprokhorov@unicef.org

 

 
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