We are delighted to present Global Health Film Classics, a free online series drawn from the 200+ films we have featured since we started out in 2012. The series will run from end June to end November 2020.
Every week, usually Sunday evening (UK time), we will live stream a film followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers and global health experts from all over the world; after the screening event, we will send participants a digital resource pack with links to additional relevant reading and viewing.
Access to the series and to individual screenings will be free of charge, but we hope you will consider making a donation at each screening to cover our costs.
The series includes titles from all areas of global health; we will release an outline schedule for the full series w/c 22 June but can confirm that June/July titles include: The Divide (GHFF2015), Unseen Enemy (GHFF2017) and My Amazing Brain: Richard's War (GHFF2018).
Series trailer with many of the great titles we are featuring is here:
Recorded message from Ban Ki-moon
On 20 June 2020, World Refugee Day, former United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy-Chair of The Elders, Ban Ki-moon, opened the Global Health Film Classics series with a special recorded message. In his address Ban Ki-moon highlighted the challenges of people who have been forcibly displaced around the world, in particular the Rohingya people whose plight is the subject of the film Shanti Khana.
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations and, before becoming Secretary-General, he was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon is Deputy Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice and human rights.
To mark World Refugee Day on Saturday 20 June, we screened Shanti Khana, which had its World premiere at the 2018 Global Health Film Festival. Shanti Khana follows a day in the life of Minara, a young Rohingya woman as she navigates the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in search for some normalcy and peace. More information about the screening and the panel discussion here.
We are really excited to confirm that Survivors, which had its UK premiere at the 2018 Global Health Film Festival, will be the first feature-length film in the series on Sunday 28 June 2020.
Co-directors Arthur Pratt and Banker White will join us from Freetown and California respectively to discuss the multifaceted nature of the Ebola outbreak response. In addition to making Survivors, the film collective worked across the spectrum of outbreak-related education and engagement activities and made a significant contribution to the nationwide response, from reporting as journalists to coordinating with public health agencies on effective messaging. They are similarly engaged in the Covid-19 response in Sierra Leone today and will share their insights on this.