Development film festival to hit London for Christmas season

By staff writers
November 14, 2007

A major film festival showcasing development work by Christian charities and others from around the world is coming to London.

Beginning at the end of November and running until December 8, the We The Peoples festival, is a series of dedicated screenings focusing on a range of issues by the UN, development agencies, and independent producers from around the world.

Topics include the Millennium Development Goals, health, education, gender and the environment, as well as UN peacekeeping and conflict prevention.

The films will be shown in four locations across London - BFI Southbank, The Frontline Club, Sony Screening Room, and Institute of Contemporary Arts.

The screenings also include a panel comprising film-makers and field specialists, who will lead discussions after the session.

Roland Unwin, visual communications manager at Catholic aid agency CAFOD said: "Film is a vital tool in raising awareness of these important issues affecting development around the world, and is also extremely effective in bringing people's stories to life, and creating a connection with the viewer.

"We are proud to be associated with a festival dedicated to showcasing these stories."

The festival is split into four main categories:

UN Millennium Development Goals - How communities across the world confront challenges relating to their health, education, gender and to the environment.

Reporting the UN in crisis - Films covering decades of UN peacekeeping and conflict prevention.

Towards a Culture of Peace - The best films from round the world using real life, education or drama to show how conflict can be prevented or resolved.

The Message and the Medium - A review for practitioners on the take-up of media-based technology to promote justice, development and peace.

Full details of the festival, including how to book tickets for the screenings, are available from the We The Peoples website here.

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