UNICEF Documentary Screening with Q&A: Walking the Path of Unity

Event Type: Film

Date: 17.11.09
Time: 1:00 PM

Location: United States – UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Visitor’s Centre, 3 U.N. Plaza, 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue), New York


As part of the International Children's Rights Documentary Film Festival, UNICEF presents the free screening Walking the Path of Unity.

About Walking the Path Of Unity

In the heart of Senegal’s Casamance region, the people of Diégoune and neighbouring villages publicly declared the abandonment of the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Facilitated by Tostan and the Belgian non-governmental organization Respect, and shown in partnership with Cinéma Numérique Ambulant, Walking the Path of Unity highlights key players in the movement towards the abandonment of female genital cutting. Whether in the rice field, the central village space or the mosque, the men and women in the film explain with joy and pride their reasons for deciding to abandon practices harmful to the well-being of their children. Their dedication and activism eventually led to the collective abandonment of FGM/C and child/forced marriage by the village’s entire social network. The film aims to be a tool for accelerating the abandonment of female genital cutting in Senegal and is intended for use in the communities that are supported by the Tostan-UNICEF programme.

Coordinated by UNICEF Division of Communication, the festival is a collection of over 20 documentaries that focus on child rights issues in various countries. Presenting these films within the framework of the Convention will bring increased attention and greater urgency to the call to ensure the human rights of all children. Over 15 countries - National Committees and UNICEF offices - are participating by hosting local screenings. Films and dates vary by country.

About the Festival

On 3 November, UNICEF launched the first International Children’s Rights Documentary Film Festival in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The festival is one of a number of UNICEF activities around the world marking ratification of the Convention by the United Nations General Assembly in November 1989.

The festival features a unique collection of more than 20 documentaries that focus on a range of issues that affect children globally. Through the lives and voices of children and young people, the films reveal their struggles and triumphs.

UNICEF offices and National Committees are screening selected documentaries in partnership with academic institutions, civil society and national media outlets. Target audiences include UN development partners, academic professionals, social workers, students, non-governmental organizations and the general public. All events are free admission.

Screenings are being held in 16 countries — Canada, Croatia, Fiji, Guinea, Hungary, India, Macedonia, Maldives, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Spain, United States and Zambia. Films and dates vary by country.

UNIFEM, [Subject CRC Film Festival]

For more details, visit the event web page.