The National staff
CANNES // Image Nation Abu Dhabi teamd up with FilmAid International to roll out screenings of the documentary He Named Me Malala in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.
The two-month outreach campaign and screening series, which started last month, aims to use the power of Malala Yousafzai’s story to inspire girls and parents to value and champion education in their homes and communities.
FilmAid will screen the film and hold workshops in refugee camps in three locations in Jordan, including the Emirati-Jordanian Camp run by the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to provide young girls and boys aged 12 to 18 the opportunity to express their own views on the importance of education.
This latest outreach in Jordan is part of a 12-month global social action campaign called Stand #withMalala to support children’s right to education and is also in support of Malala Fund’s #NotLost campaign to educate Syrian refugee children. FilmAid will continue to work with Malala Fund on a similar programme, screening the film and providing leadership training for girls in refugee camps in Kenya.
FilmAid International was honoured on Friday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Cannes Film Festival for its global work using film to effect social change, including their work on the Stand #withMalala campaign.
He Named Me Malala was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Participant Media and National Geographic Channel.
“He Named Me Malala gave us the opportunity to spread a vital message about girls’ education to influential communities in our region. Image Nation created a robust, tailored social action campaign for the Mena region that is now culminating in our outreach to refugees in Jordan. We are pleased to partner with FilmAid – an organization that shares our belief in the power of film to inspire and inform audiences around the world,” said Danielle Perissi, head of documentary and factual entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
Source: uae news