6 March 2016

the project

films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film

Global media charity tve’s new public health project in India enables young filmmakers to make short documentaries about hepatitis, for screening in communities and online viewing as part of an exciting new public health initiative. films for change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film brings together hepatologists, student filmmakers, experienced journalists as mentors, and health NGOs to create four engaging films focusing on hepatitis. The films will be shown as part of a series of panel debates with communities in Lucknow and Mumbai.

films for Change: taking hepatitis science to communities through film is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the World Hepatitis Alliance (see press release).

Despite the fact that viral hepatitis kills 1.4 million people every year, making it the seventh biggest killer globally, hepatitis has simply never had the exposure needed to make it a public health priority. The involvement of creative people who can tell the story of hepatitis in a compelling way is absolutely vital in changing this inexplicable neglect.’

Charles Gore, president of the World Hepatitis Alliance

combating viral hepatitis

At two two-day workshops in Lucknow and Mumbai participants will join an intensive exploration of the latest science and scientific debates about ways of combating viral hepatitis. They’ll then pitch proposals for short documentaries to expert panels which will choose two winning proposals at each location and award bursaries to turn those ideas into reality.

The four winning films will be screened in Mumbai and Lucknow as part of open public meeting for communities affected by hepatitis.There will also be panel discussions with local communities, filmmakers and scientists. The films will be available online.

We know that film has the power to change people’s understanding of health and disease in the poorest of communities, as well as to affect policy making. Through this project, our young filmmakers will show people what science can mean in combating hepatitis and how they can use new science to stop this deadly disease.

Anshul Ojha, tve’s programme manager in South Asia

‘We are pleased to be supporting a project exploring such an important health issue with audiences in India. It is fantastic that it will result in creative short films which can be used to further discussion about hepatitis, while also helping junior researchers and young filmmakers develop their skills.’

Helen Latchem, International Engagement Advisor at the Wellcome Trust