Aconite’s production Everybody’s Child was an official selection for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival this Autumn.
The film played to a full house at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh last night and was very well received.
After the film we held a Q&A hosted by Richard Warden with director Garry Fraser, producer Aimara Reques, and child abuse specialist Madge Bray. Madge has worked internationally in child abuse and pioneered treatment approaches, and is the author of Sexual Abuse: The Child’s Voice: Poppies on the Rubbish Heap.
The audience was very perceptive and we had a good debate about social services for young people. Garry argues that young people with addiction and social issues must get involved in art projects, rather than being enrolled into methadone programmes, and this became a topic of interest.
Audience members also asked if the film will be made available to local politicians and Parliament, and Aconite will be working to raise social awareness of the film.
If you are interested in spreading the word about Everybody’s Child and its message, we will be happy to help. Please email us via our contact page.
This project was made possible thanks to financial support from Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland.
We are delighted to announce that our documentary feature Everybody’s Child will be screened at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival this October.
The film is directed by and follows Garry Fraser as he takes us on a journey to face demons from his past.
Garry’s story explores the history of his own life and his community of Muirhouse, Edinburgh. The community was ripped apart by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.
His story of growing up in a poor community, struggling with addiction and his personal challenges with drug use and mental health problems on his journey into filmmaking as a way out.
The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival supports the arts and challenges preconceived ideas about mental health.
The festival takes place in venues across Scotland from 1st – 19th October 2014, featuring film, music,visual art, theatre, dance, and literature.
Everybody’s Child will screen as part of the festival on Monday 13 October, 6pm at Edinburgh Filmhouse.
Click here for more information and enjoy the trailer for the film below.
During the past few weeks any mention of the Gaza Strip conjures horrendous images of dead and mutilated children…high profile victims perceived as expendable by both sides in this on-going conflict.
Last year we made ’15 in Gaza’, a film about Shurooq, a young Palestinian girl who is celebrating her fifteenth birthday. We see her and her best friend Mai, two bright, intelligent, fun-loving girls as they talk about their hopes and ambitions in this besieged war ravaged territory. They talk of family, clothes, marriage and education…we see them as they walk among the ruins of a bombed-out school where Shurooq talks of her desire to become an architect and to help re-build her shattered community.
As the bombs continue to fall on Gaza, they are not only destroying schools and homes but also the hopes and dreams of a whole generation of talented youngsters…
If we as human beings have truly evolved, how is it possible we can witness such breathtaking abuses of power?…
If you would like to meet Shurooq and Mai, please click on the link:
Director: Wesam Mousa/ Co-director: Rana Ayoub
Produced by Aconite Productions/ Commissioned by Aljazeera English
Aconite feature documentary production Everybody’s Child will screen at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival this October. Read more