Education and Solidarity Network

THE ‘HEALTH FOR ALL’ FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF COMMUNITIES

Hawa Fatty
April 30, 2020

Organised by WHO, the Health for All Film Festival aims at enabling filmmakers to tell stories that showcase the role of individuals and communities as health and well-being champions. Filmmakers were invited to submit a short film in one of these three categories: video reports, animation or nurses and midwives (2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife).

Organised by WHO, the Health for All Film Festival aims at enabling filmmakers to tell stories that showcase the role of individuals and communities as health and well-being champions. Filmmakers were invited to submit a short film in one of these three categories: video reports, animation or nurses and midwives (2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife).

For its first ‘Health for All’ film festival, WHO received 1265 applications from 119 countries. The films submitted ranged over a wide variety of subjects, such as the challenges posed by providing health care in remote areas and countries in conflict, the realities of life and the fight against cancer, and the courage and resilience of nurses and midwives in the face of the most difficult circumstances.

‘The COVID-19 pandemic emphasised how crucial it is to communicate effectively and creatively on public health issues. In these difficult times, cinema and other communication tools are a very effective way, not only to convey important health messages, but also to administer one of the most powerful medicines: hope.‘  said the Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Cinema is a highly influential medium, capable of exposing or popularising realities and being a catalyst for behavioural changes on health issues. ESN members and partners use this medium to educate on health and international solidarity through the Festival Pastille (Essentiel International) or to empower through participatory videos (Meliponi).

In the coming weeks, the selected films will be made available on the WHO website and social media.

Discover below the YouTube playlists of the selected films by category. 

 

 

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