UNESCO Produced Film "The Dilemma of Eya" Receives Awards
The Dilemma of Eya ("Le dilemme d'Eya'), a 26' fiction film directed by Adjiké Assouma from Togo and produced by UNESCO, has just been awarded two special jury prizes (UEMOA and Plan International) at the Pan African Festival of Cinema and Television (FESPACO), whose 18th edition took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 22 February to 1 March.
Moreover, the film has been selected for screening at the International Public Service Television Conference (INPUT) to be held this year in Aarhus, Denmark from 11 to 16 May 2003.
Le dilemme d'Eya tells a story about a girl who is forced to follow traditional voodoo practices at the cost of her education, her family and her life. The film aims at sensitising the public about the consequences of preventing women from being educated and having their own identity, while denouncing the living conditions of young street-porters working at the margins of society.
The film was produced within the framework of UNESCO's Programme for Creative Content, which aims at encouraging the production and dissemination of creative content in developing countries. Its recognition at the international level proves once more that local content is not only appreciated by local audiences but also by a "global" public.