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Iranian short movie “Rainbow” wins UNICEF award at Roshd Festival

TEHRAN, 7 October 2007 – A short movie about the dreams of a girl who feels neglected by her parents is this year’s winner of the UNICEF award at the Roshd Film Festival, which takes place from 2 to 9 November.

“Rainbow”, by Iranian film director Farzad Shirnasabzadeh, shows the life and thoughts of a school girl who has to go alone to her mother’s work place every day, while all her friends are being picked up from school by their parents. After following her on her lonesome day, the films fast-rewinds and shows how her ideal day could have been: spent with her mother, walking home from school hand-in-hand with her.

“From all the 48 entries for the UNICEF category, our jury felt that ‘Rainbow’ best reflected one of our central themes this year: how to improve parenting skills and actively engage with children,” said Patrizia DiGiovanni, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Iran, at the award-giving ceremony today.

“Neglect, together with verbal abuse and physical violence, is one of the areas targeted by UNICEF in this year’s ‘A World Fit for Children – A World Free of Violence’ campaign. Consequently, our jury was looking out for movies that best represented this topic and helped raise awareness on the situation of children in such situations,” Ms DiGiovanni said.

UNICEF’s jury, which comprised among others the well-known actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mahtab Keramati and famous film director Maziar Miri, selected “Jumble” from Belgium and “We See” from India for the second and third price, respectively.

Both winners were produced by a group of school children. “Jumble” or “Méli mes mots”, directed by Dominique Van Hecke and 17 children, is an animated movie, in which funny geometrical characters of different colours do not manage to communicate. They hurt each other by using bad words, and when the situation worsens, a giant crack grows that forces the different groups to work together to understand each other and bridge the gap.

In the third production, “We See”, a group of children appears as official representatives of different states, boasting about the good situation of children in their home countries. The host, however, shows them that there are still many problems and shows some of them: child labour, poverty... Having seen this, the children take off their official markings and shout out loud what they want for their world, and what rights children have.



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