* special screening in partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Country: Great Britain, 2013
Director: Clio Barnard
Stars: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Ian Burfield, Lorraine Ashbourne
Film age rating: 15 + (сontains strong language)
The United National Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and the British Council have recently joined efforts in order to draw public attention to the importance of the social protection of the rights of vulnerable children. This year, International Children`s Day will be marked in Kyiv, Odessa and Donetsk with a special screening of the new film “Selfish Giant” by British film director, Clio Barbard.
Regardless of the country that a child is born in, all children have equal rights. Every child has a right to be protected from harm and should grow up in a family environment. Every child has the right to education, the right to health and care, and the right to have a name and a nationality. These rights are among those set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989. The world has celebrated November 20th as International Children’s Day ever since.
Selfish Giant tells the story of two vulnerable children living in Great Britain and of the difficulties they face such as child labour- a violation of children`s rights which unfortunately happens in every country of the world. Art can be used as a universal platform to communicate burning issues in society, such as the many challenges faced by children today, and can also fuel crucial discussions amongst decision makers, journalists, business leaders, artists and the general public, in the attempt to find solutions for the benefits of children. In Ukraine nearly 100 thousand children live or work on the streets, almost 95 thousand live in institutions, and about 165 thousand children have a disability. Only by joining the efforts of civil society, governmental and parliamentary institutions, international and business communities and media, can we ensure the protection of children`s rights.
About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world leader in protection of children’s rights and interests. The Fund works in more than 190 countries for protection and support of children from early childhood through adolescence. Programs of UNICEF are entirely financed by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. Office of the Fund was opened in Ukraine in 1997.