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At the forefront, the Brazilian documentary on Covid-19 wins the World Health Organization award

The Brazilian documentary “Na Linha de Frente” on health workers who have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic has been awarded the Health for All Grand Prize by the World Health Organization, WHO.

The announcement was made by the United Nations agency in Geneva on Tuesday.

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Photo: NIH-UN News – novel coronavirus

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Seven categories were awarded and four films received special mentions from the jury. The hybrid event featured actors, producers, and other attendees.

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This is the fourth edition of the film festival, which has received 93 nominations for short films with themes ranging from anxiety and depression, challenges for people with disabilities to effects of climate change on health.

Judges include Hollywood actors Sharon Stone and Alfonso Herrera, climate activist Sophia Kianni, as well as experts and United Nations officials.

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WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the festival takes on a human face scientific work of the agency and that hearing the voices of those affected by health issues is a powerful way to raise awareness for the theme.

One of the winners, a short film from Bangladesh, was about exposure of a child to lead of a local factory and the boy’s learning and developmental difficulties after the accident. Other countries, in addition to Brazil, with winning productions are: Bangladesh, Sweden, Israel, Germany and India.

The jury also awarded special mentions to productions from Guatemala, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The list of Grand Prix winners:

Jonathan’s Miraculous Feet – Sierra Leone

At the forefront – Brazil

One in 36 million: History of childhood lead poisoning in Bangladesh – Bangladesh

When climate change gets violent – Global / India

Vulvo and Dynia – Israel

Breathless for life – Germany

Mirrors – Sweden

Source: United Nations News

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