The Namibian (Windhoek)

22 May 2012

Namibia: Films Teach Children About Their Rights

TWO short films about children's rights are being filmed at the Hage Geingob Secondary School in Katutura.

The educational films are a collaboration between the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust, the Legal Assistance Centre and Save The Children, a Swedish NGO that works with children's rights.

The whole camera and production team is Namibian and the NBC provided some of the equipment to the team. Eight children of different ages, who have no acting experience, are the main stars of the short films.

They come from four schools in Katutura.

Once the films are finished they will be screened at schools to make children aware of their rights. The movies will also be shown to social workers and magistrates to help them in their cases involving children.

The films will also be televised by the NBC so that children across Namibia have a chance to see them and learn about their rights.

"We are first making two movies but we can make up to four more, depending on how they are received, there are enough themes we can cover," said the director, Philippe Talavera.

The first film is about a child who is neglected by his stepmother. It shows how he deals with the situation and who he can turn to for help.

The second film deals with three children who are left orphaned after a car accident. It shows what to do in such a situation and who to turn to. The movies do not only show children how to deal with the situation but also what their rights are and where they can go for help.

Kadja Beukes, one of the main characters in the first film, took some drama lessons but never did any real acting, but it seems the bug has bitten her. "I like this so much and I will take more acting lessons from now on. I want to travel the world and make movies with famous actresses," she said.

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