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Indian film ‘When Climate Change Turns Violent’ wins WHO award

A documentary titled ‘When Climate Change Turns Violent has won a special prize in the ‘Health for All’ category at the 4th Annual Health for All Film Festival held at the World Healtth Organization headquarters in Geneva. The documentary has been directed by Vandita Saharia of Rajasthan. She was the only Indian among the winners.

The festival, attended in person and online by actors, producers and public figures, saw winning films announced for seven different categories, while four films received special mention by the jury. The films were judged by a panel of distinguished professionals, artistes and activists, including noted actors like Sharon Stone and Alfonso Herrera; choreographer Sherrie Silver; climate activist Sophia Kianni and media personality Adelle Onyango. The distinguished panel was joined by senior United Nations officials and WHO staff.

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List of films awarded:

  • UHC “Grand Prix”: “Jonathan’s Miracle Feet” – Sierra Leone / Disability, clubfoot
    Directed by Mamihasina Raminosoa and Nantenaina Rakotondranivo from Madagascar for the NGO Miracle Feet / Documentary – Duration 3’19’’
  • Health Emergencies “Grand Prix”: “Nurses facing Covid / Na Lihna de Frente” – Brazil / COVID-19 and access to care Directed by Klimt Publicidade and the institution Conselho Federal de Enfermagem – Cofen – From Brazil / Documentary – Duration 8’
  • Better Health and Well-being “Grand Prix”: “One in 36 Million: Story of Childhood Lead Poisoning in Bangladesh” – Environmental health Directed by Mitali Das and Arifur Rahman (Bangladesh) for the NGO Pure Earth Bangladesh Documentary – Duration 6’32’’
  • Special Prize Climate Change and Health Film: “When climate change turns violent” – Global / Gender based violence and climate change Directed by Vandita Sariya (India) / Documentary – Duration 4’32’’
  • Special Prize Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Film:“Vulvo and Dynia” – Israel / Vulvodynia Directed by Dina Stescovich (Israel) / Fiction – Duration 4’13’’
  • Student Film Prize:“Gasping for life” – Germany / Mental health, screens addiction, anxiety, depression Directed by Su Hyun Hong (Germany) / Animation – Duration 8’
  • Special Prize Very Short Film:“Mirrors” – Sweden / Mental health, depression  Directed by Paul Jerndal (Sweden) / Fiction – Duration 3’

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