02.06.2017 - UNESCO Office in Juba

Launch of Cinema for Peace and United Family attracts over 2,000 people in South Sudan

Children perform at launch eventChildren perform at launch event

On Friday 26 May 2017, the Maale Heritage Development Foundation, together with UNESCO and the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, launched their programme “Cinema for Peace and United Family”.

Maale Heritage Development Foundation is one of UNESCO’s partners in the development and implementation of culture activities in South Sudan. For this project they were supported with a cinema kit to enable them to bring films to their communities.  

The launch event was held with NGO partners, local community representatives and youth, at which the film screening series was officially opened. The even included performances from local school children and traditional musicians and was attended by over 100 people.

The full event started after dark, and the film projected onto the white screen lit up the evening sky and the hundreds of pairs of eyes fixed on the screen. The first film shown was “Sorrow”, a South Sudanese film made for the Juba Film Festival 2016, which was also supported by UNESCO. This was followed by a selection of short cartoons for the entertainment particularly of the children present. The film screening attracted an enormous audience, bringing together over 2,000 people of all ages.

The overall aim of this programme, which is being implemented by UNESCO and Search for Common Ground, with support from the European Union, is to provide psychosocial support to the displaced communities in parts of Juba and give a space for entertainment and reflection on key issues.

From now on, screenings will be held on a twice-weekly basis and a range of films will be shown from those made in South Sudan, to those showcasing cultural diversity around the world, passing messages of peace, education and development; cartoons and comedies will also be shown. Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative will conduct discussion groups on the days following the film screenings to consider, with young people, some of the topics that emerge from the films shown. 

For more information about these activities, and the UNESCO culture programme in South Sudan, please contact:

Anna Rowett



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