WORLD PREMIERE / RELEASE FEBRUARY 12th CALGARY, CANADA
European filmmaker Marijn Poels won an international film award in Canada with his VSO documentary “The Voice of 650 Million Times One”. During the award ceremony in Calgary he renounced his award and waived it to those he filmed in the Kibera Slum in Kenya.
In Nairobi, Poels hands over the award to Robert and Pamela Sabwami, two people with a visual impairment living in Kibera. Despite corruption, bureaucracy, gangs and cartels they build a solid monument, together with the local artist Ernest Muyonga, in which they integrate the award. Despite the appreciation towards the film award, the inhabitants of Kibera are obviously more interested in money. A distrust towards the intention of NGO's where the fundament of suspicion has been created by the political and bureaucratic acts where the people down the lane are barely involved.
Finally, the monument is placed in the biggest slum of Africa, where it stands out as a symbol of respect for humanity. A story of courage, the account of the people from Kibera who dare to stand up for their Human rights.
Robert Sabwami, one of the maincharacters from Kenya in the film, will be present during the Award Ceremony Evening and during the premiere in Calgary
Calgary – A variety of cinematic gems from around the globe will be screened at the 11th annual Picture this…international film festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The festival offers a variety of filmmakers' voices and perspectives from around the world. One of the gems is the documentary Down the Lane, produced by European filmmaker Marijn Poels. The film festival will celebrate the official world première during the 11th annual Picture this…international film festival in February 2012.
February 2011, European filmmaker, Marijn Poels won an international film award in Canada with his VSO documentary The Voice of 650 Million Times One. During the award ceremony he waived keeping his award and presented it to those he filmed in the Kibera Slum in Kenya. Directly after the award ceremony, in Calgary, he flew with the award back to Kenya to hand over the award to the people of Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya.
The documentary, Down the Lane, is the report of a heartwarming and touching story about a group of inhabitants out of Kibera slum, Nairobi, who received the international film award from Poels. The idea was to integrate the award in a solid monument and place it in the center of Kibera slum. In the film, Robert and Pamela Sabwami, two people with a visual impairment living in Kibera, are fighting for the building of the monument, in which they integrate the film award. Together with the local artist Ernest Muyonga, they finally succeed in their mission in spite of corruption, bureaucracy, gangs and cartels,
Poels said, “While I do not believe this monument will make a difference economically, I do believe that it can change the mind-set towards persons with disabilities. With this monument and international award, they proved their voices are being heard around the globe. The function of the monument is to stand out as a symbol of the power of disabled persons who dare to stand up and speak in the name of the human rights”.
Despite the appreciation towards the film award, the inhabitants of Kibera in the documentary are more interested in the money part. Distrust towards the intention of NGO's where a fundamental suspicion has been created by political and bureaucratic acts where the people down the lane are barely involved. The documentary Down the Lane has become a fascinating story of courage, the account of the people from Kibera who dare to stand up for their Human Rights.
“Sheryl Lenthall, director of Picture this…international film festival said “I have felt very moved and excited by the monument and the documentary. I feel they bring us all closer together in our understanding of each other. Creating a place for avoice on a world stage is what the festival is all about”.
The world première will be held in Calgary during the 12th Picture this…film festival at the gala awards evening on Saturday February 11th and at the festival on Monday February 13th.
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