Traumas of war, coexistence with Covid-19 and women’s health. These were just some of the themes of the short films of the 3rd edition of the Health for All Film Festival of the World Health Organization (WHO).
More than 1,000 filmmakers from over 110 countries submitted films to the festival. Seventy short films were chosen for the shortlist reviewed by a jury of international artists, development leaders and senior WHO experts.
The winners were announced this Friday (13) by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom. “These compelling short films, combining powerful storytelling with important public health information, depict the huge variety of health challenges people face around the world every day,” said Adhanom.
“With 3,500 entries received over the three years so far, the WHO Health for All Film Festival has demonstrated that short films can make a big difference in raising awareness of these important health issues and spurring action to promote and protect health,” he added.
The Brazilian short film “The 5%: a family’s perspective on the clubfoot complex” was awarded a special mention by the jury in universal health coverage. The work was directed by documentary filmmaker Rachel Vianna (see below ).
The 70 selected films are available for viewing online at six playlists. From this official selection a “Grand Prize” is awarded for each of the three main competition categories: Universal Health Coverage, Health Emergencies and Better Health and Wellness.
Sharon Stone, Golden Globe and US Emmy-winning actress, participated as a judge for the 3rd edition.
“I am very happy to be part of the Health for All Film Festival. It is about creating greater awareness of crucial actions needed to achieve healthier living conditions around the world. These documentaries we saw were all wonderful. The selected stories tell us about the intrinsic value of good health and its access, and advocate for universal health coverage,” said Stone.
Emilia Clarke, UK actress and health activist and festival judge, said: “It was an honor and a pleasure for me to be on the jury of the World Health Organization’s Health for All Film Festival, especially for attending this special category. year on Rehabilitation, which is something I care about and believe in deeply, as my Foundation is dedicated to this subject for people affected by brain injuries. Where rehab means coming back to rediscover that you are still the same.”
Universal Health Coverage “Grand Prize”:
“Preeclampsia: predict earlier, prevent sooner” – Indonesia / Maternal Health / Documentary – Duration 7’53”
Submitted and directed by the Indonesian Prenatal Institute
“Grand Prize” Health Emergencies:
“Intensive” – United Kingdom / Severe case of Covid-19 / Animation – Duration 7’26”
Submitted and directed by Oliver John Pratt (UK)
Best Health and Wellness “Grand Prize”:
“Euphoric” – India / Female Genital Mutilation / Artistic Creation Based on Testimony – Duration 4’35”
Submitted and directed by Nirmala Choudhary and Roopali Ramesh Kumar (India)
Rehabilitation Film Special Award:
“Sim-Patia” – Spain – Italy / Brain injury / Animation – Duration 2’42”
Sent and directed by Carlos Gómez-Mira Sagrado and Rossana Giacomelli
Special Award Film Innovation in Health:
“For Every Girl, a Forest” – India / Gender Equity / Documentary – Duration 6’24”
Sent and directed by Jose Corbella (Argentina)
Student Film Award
“Improving lives in three dimensions: 3D printed prosthetics” – Sierra Leone / Disability / Documentary – Duration 5’03”
Sent and directed by Merel van der Stelt (Netherlands)
Short Film Special Award:
“Glamming my Wounds” – Kenya / Gender-Based Violence / Fiction – Duration 1’55”
Sent and directed by Terry Adhiambo Ombaka (Kenya)
List of films that received special jury mention
Special Mention Universal Health Coverage:
“The 5% : A Family’s Perspective on Complex Clubfoot” – Brazil / Disability / Documentary – Duration 5’40”
Submitted by MiracleFeet and directed by Rachel Vianna (Brazil)
Special Mention of Health Emergencies
“I was just a kid” – Philippines / Natural Disasters / Animation – Duration 5’06”
Sent and directed by Breech Asher Harani (Philippines)
Special Mention Better Health and Wellness
“Autism in China: The Challenges Parents Face Raising Star Children” – China / Documentary – Duration 8’28”
Sent and directed by Andersen Weicong Xia (China)
Special Mention of Rehabilitation
“Move, Dance, Feel” – UK / Cancer and artistic dance to support treatment / Documentary – Duration 4’58”
Submitted and directed by Emily Jenkins and Move Dance Feel (UK)
Special Mention Innovation in Health
“Malakit” – Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname / Malaria – Access to diagnosis and care in remote areas / Documentary – Duration 8’54”
Sent and directed by Maylis Douine (French Guiana)
Special Mention for Short Films
“Meet the Willbuts” – Saint Kitts and Nevis / NCD Prevention / Animation – Duration 1’23”
Submitted and directed by Oyehmi Begho and Lake Health and Wellbeing (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Source: CNN Brasil