The Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy launches a brand new initiative in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi to spark a global discussion around cultural diplomacy through film.
This brand new virtual film screening series will bring together curated documentary content from the United Arab Emirates and enriching conversations about the country’s public and cultural diplomacy efforts. Each month, it will cover a diverse range of topics from disease control, women’s education, wildlife conservation and people of determination.
His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Public and Cultural Diplomacy at MOFAIC stated: “The partnership between OPCD and Image Nation Abu Dhabi is aimed at supporting the film industry in the UAE by promoting young Emirati talents, and telling stories about life in our country as well as highlighting UAE initiatives. Indeed, at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty, the arts are proving to be invaluable in helping people through this period”.
“During these challenging times, we must celebrate the value that the film industry brings in terms of entertainment and knowledge. Documentaries are powerful tools that have the ability to educate in an engaging way that ensures a long-lasting impact on the viewer. Our partnership with OPCD will exemplify this influence. Image Nation maintains its commitment to inspiring others and telling the UAE’s stories.” added Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
Thursday 14 May, 9pm (UAE time – GMT +4)
Every Last Child
A few years ago, Pakistan was one of the only three countries where polio persisted and the number of victims was steadily decreasing.
However, when the Taliban issued a ban against the polio vaccination, and attacked vaccinators, Pakistan’s campaign was ruined.
This documentary follows its subjects; a medical specialist, a vaccinator, a vaccination skeptic, an adult polio victim and a sick child.
Through their stories we are drawn in to the search for a solution to this devastating disease. Will these everyday heroes succeed, or will another young generation be at risk?
Watch the trailer here
9pm: ‘Every Last Child’ online screening
10.25pm: Panel Discussion: HE Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Public and Cultural Diplomacy will discuss online with Mr. Nassar Al Mubarak, Director of the Office of Strategic Affairs for Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court who was a lead consultant on the film and Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi and twofour54.
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‘Every Last Child’ by the press…
“Provocative and hard-hitting, Every Last Child is a chilling reminder that even diseases once thought eradicated are still capable of rearing their ugly heads as a result of ignorance and prejudice.” – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“These wrenching stories humanize the stakes of a health initiative that found itself and its employees at risk from a toxic mix of politics, propaganda and terrorism.” – Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times