Sverigepremiär: Filmen The Hand of Fate

poster-SWEDENwebbNu på torsdag, den 30:e Maj 2013 kommer filmen The Hand of Fate att ha Sverigepremiär. Jag hoppas du tar chansen att se den. Det är en gambisk film som handlar om barnäktenskap och kvinnlig omskärelse. Ämnen som är aktuella och viktiga att diskutera i det moderna samhället som utvecklar sig i Gambia.

”The Hand of Fate är en spelfilm som behandlar den viktiga frågan om tvångsäktenskap bland unga kvinnor i Gambia. Filmen visas på Mångkulturellt Centrum i Fittja den 30:e maj kl. 18:00, biljettpris 150:- Mer info finner du HÄR!”

Filmen har redan haft premiär i Gambia och så här såg det ut då:

Trailer från filmen:

Bakom kulisserna (Behind the scenes):

gambiafilmJag är glad över det gedigna arbete som har gjorts med en så viktig film som denna och jag hoppas och tror att den här filmen kan få en stor spridning i världen! Filmen är en del av en kampanj för organisationen CAID (Children And community Initiative Development)

 

Så här skriver personerna bakom filmen:

”SYNOPSIS

 (The Hand of Fate)

The Hand of Fate explores the theme of early marriage and its negative effects on the development of young girls. It poses questions in an attempt to find some answers to this cultural phenomenon. For example, is poverty the underlying cause for early marriage? Is it greed? Is it laziness or complacency in human nature which blames fate for one’s misfortunes or status in life? Are those people in authority blind to the violation of the rights of girl-child?

Fatoumatta was married at a pretty young age and suffered a severe condition during child birth which meant she was going to have only one child in her life, Aminata. The girl whose father promised to do whatever it takes to protect her and prevent her from suffering like her mother did Fatoumatta.

Baba’s promise to protect his wife and daughter was challenged when his brother Momodou brings to the family suitors who had the one thing that they ever yearned for, money. Baba is lured into the deal and his commitment to his promise is tested.

Aminata’s schooling is at stake, her mother does not want a scenario of history repeating itself and Baba is caught up in a dilemma, to let this suitor escape when there is no chance of him being able to sustain his daughter’s education any further.

In the end, the Hand of Fate must do what it ought to do, to decide upon everyone’s fate. This is a story of a society which abandons its values and preys on young innocent girls. The Hand of fate is thought provoking film with traditional Gambian settings that bring the attention of the general public to this practice

Director’s Statement about Film

The Hand of Fate is a film project centered on violence against girls and women with a special focus on early/child marriage. In recent past this harmful traditional practice has gained attention and was declared the theme for the “International Day of the Girl Child” in 2012. Whiles child marriages involves both boys and girls, it is more common for girls to be married to men who are significantly older than they are. Early marriages threaten a child’s human rights, including their right to education, good health and freedom of expression. In many cases, once married, an underage person can lose their status as a child and whatever protection that affords nationally.

Many girls are forced into marriages by parents or families, which means that consent is made by somebody else on the child’s behalf and the child does not have the opportunity to exercise the right to choose, other children are too young to make an informed decision. In these cases, an early marriage is forced marriage. Many girls who are forced to marry early suffer from prolonged domestic violence. Furthermore, early marriage is often linked to wife abandonment, plunging young girls into extreme poverty and increasing the risk that they will be forced to enter the commercial sex trade in order to survive.

We have realized the power of film in communicating messages to policy makers, children, communities, religious and opinion leaders and parents.

Mandingmorry Entertainment intends to use films as a tool for change and social transformation in form of edutainment (education through entertainment) and infotainment (information through entertainment) in form of peer education activities, outreach and media programmes.

Film has always been a bridge between education and entertainment. From the earliest film have been used to spread news, share history, or educate people about events outside of their communities.

Audience members often relate to characters on television and are motivated to participate in interactive opportunities for discussing the controversial and sensitive issues of sexuality, intravenous drug use, violence against girls and women, child abuse, environmental hazards, and other social issues affecting young people and communities.

Film can strengthen the emotional and psychological appeal of messages and provide a believable and interesting way to explore sensitive issues, particularly among young people. Using film as a creative educational tool provides an opportunity to debunk myths, present a balanced view, and influence behavior. If used effectively, it is an excellent way to present sensitive topics not usually discussed in public, particularly in educational settings.

Our intention is that this film serves as an effective tool in raising awareness against violence on the girl child. We will be launching a series of campaign against child marriage in collaboration with relevant partners.

Producer Profile Picture

Producer/Directors Profile

Ibrahim Ceesay is a social justice activist and multi talented Artistic Director and Film‐maker from Gambia. He holds leadership positions with several youth led national and regional organizations. He has facilitated and was involved in several youth development processes at the African Union, UN and other International Organizations, as a youth expert.

Ibrahim is a recognized national and international arts advocate and has been involved in theatre and film-making for over 10years. He was groomed and mentored by the legendary Gambian playwright and theatre director Janet Badjan Young. He started his artistic career in school as a drama group leader and helped his school win various competitions. He developed a keen interested for films and started as a young actor and production assistant in several films like “Banjul Cops” among others and has proved his sharp skills for film-making when he serves as Artistic Director on his first film in 2006 entitled “General in the War Frontline” an advocacy film on HIV/AIDS sponsored by the National Aids Secretariat. He has since been involved in the production of several local and international documentary and feature length film projects. His last film project was the multi award winning film including the African Movie Academy Awards “Mirror Boy” where he served as Assistant Director and Continuity.

Ibrahim Ceesay a.k.a (Digital) has established himself as one of the most respected and creative independent film-makers in the Gambia. He established in 2008 Mandingmorry Entertainmentsand formed a theatre group in 2010 called Mandingmorry Theatre.
Ibrahim Ceesay is the Artistic/Executive Director of Mandingmorry Foundation for Performing Arts (MANFOPA) an arts advocacy organization he founded in 2011 to promote professionalism, mentorship, and excellence and livelihood opportunities for youths in the performing arts and creative industries of the Gambia.

Ibrahim Ceesay is the Technical Advisor for Arterial Network- The Gambia, a continental network of artists, cultural activists, arts Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), cultural enterprises and others committed to developing African music, dance, theatre, literature, craft, design, visual art and film in their own right and as means of contributing to democracy, human rights and development in Africa
He was the former Secretary General of the Gambia Musicians Union, a media consultant and he use to teach drama part-time at the American Embassy School of Banjul in Gambia.”

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The Hand of Fate är en spelfilm som behandlar den viktiga frågan om tvångsäktenskap bland unga kvinnor i Gambia. Filmen visas på Mångkulturellt Centrum i Fittja den 30:e maj kl. 18:00, biljettpris 150:- Mer info finner du HÄR!

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