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Home > News 19 October 2012

TVEAP Film a Finalist in UNISDR Disaster Risk Reduction Film Festival

Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

TVE Asia Pacific’s short film, Do You Hear Me, is one of 11 finalists in the first Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 22 to 25 October 2012.

The festival is part of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), being held in the Southeast Asian city during that period.

The film festival is being organized by the conference’s co-hosts, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNBP).

Do You Hear Me looks at how voice be used more efficiently in both alerting and reporting about disasters, and where computer technology make a difference in crisis management.

The 12-minute film was produced in collaboration with LIRNEasia, an Asian regional think tank on information and communication technologies (ICTs), and Sarvodaya, the largest development organisation in Sri Lanka. it was made with support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) in the UK.

According to UNISDR, the film festival’s open call had received close to 50 entries from Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea, China and Indonesia.

The finalist films, most of them produced by Asia-based non-governmental organisations or disaster management organisations, were selected by a Film Festival Committee set up by BNBP.

The finalists, to be screened at the Ministerial conference during two screening sessions, have been categorized under three categories:
Category one: The best Disaster Risk Reduction story
Category two: The best Disaster Risk Reduction human interest story
Category three: The best Disaster Risk Reduction investigative story

UNISDR logo and BNBP logoA jury of three members will select winners in each category. The jury comprises Benny Benke, Indonesian film director and journalist; Sutopo Purwo, Head of Communications, BNBP; and Brigitte Leoni, Regional Communication Officer for Asia, UNISDR. An announcement will be made at the closing ceremony of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on 25 October.

"The jury is very pleased by the diversity and originality of the films that were submitted. Disaster risk reduction is a complex but rich field for film makers given the rise of extreme weather events and the global impact of climate change. Film-makers can do a lot to educate the public and to provide new insights into how communities can build resilience to disasters," says Brigitte Leoni.


The final list of 11 nominees are:

Four films nominated for the best Disaster Risk Reduction Story:
•  Takbir Gempa/ The Voices of the Earthquake (Indonesia)
•  A Time for Action (Malaysia)
•  Toward Resilience -- Story of Climate Change Frontier (Bangladesh)
•  Special Task Call (China)
Three films nominated for the best Human Interest Story:
•  Kazol on the Flood (Bangladesh)
  •  Cerita Sahabat/Tale of Friends (Indonesia)
  •  Do you Hear Me (Sri Lanka)
  Four films nominated for the best Disaster Risk Reduction Investigative Story:
  •  Krakatau Sang Legenda/ The Legend of Krakatau (Indonesia)
  •  Memories of a Summer Day 2012 (the Republic of Korea)
  •  A Home of One's Own (India)
  •  Durjorge Durjory/The Invincible Bangladesh - A History of Disaster Management (Bangladesh)

Mobilising people during a disaster

Photos courtesy: UNISDR website & TVEAP Image Archive


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