We're happy to announce that Go Straight Home will travel from the Canadian east coast (TIFF) to Vancouver in the west as the film will screen at DOXA International Film Festival as part of the shorts program On the Ground. Other films include Play! by Andrej Kolencik from Serbia, Gabriel Reports the World Cup by Els van Driel from The Netherlands and The Space by Eléonor Gilbert from France. The film is included in The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming competition.
We are happy to announce that Go Straight Home will reach Canadian and international festival audiences at TIFF International Kids Film Festival where it has been selected to screen in the fantastic shorts programmes Hear Me alongside Stealth, Born With It and Yussef is Complicated. Films that represent important themes such as sexual and reproductive rights and transgender rights, rascism and bullying.
The festival writes; "In this collection of shorts, children deal with challenges greater than what many adults will ever face. It’s often easier to turn away from your true self, giving in to bullies and naysayers. Displaying courage and a strong sense of self-worth, these young people fight to honour their identities and achieve their goals".
Greetings from VikhePatil Memorial School in Pune and Lohegaon in India where Barbro & Sandra from our partner organisation Unizon (formerly SKR) showed the film Go Straight Home to close to 400 school children and teenagers. After the film the girls said that parents need to teach their children respect, people need to act and not be passive when confronted with sexual harassments, girls should be able to do what they want and girls need to be empowered. The boys raised among other things that arranged marriages turn girls into objects, parents need to raise their children properly, boys need to change and boys should protest and tell everyone to respect girls - if girls have dreams they should be able to make them come true.
It is an important day for everyone fighting for children’s rights and girls' right to education. One day before the International Day of the Girl Child, the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 has been awarded to Pakistani child rights campaigner and girls education activist Malala Yousafzai and the Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.Read more