UNICEF, the agency of the United Nations devoted to serving the world’s children, has launched a new strategic plan to End Violence Against Children. Launched on August 1, the campaign includes a deeply moving video entitled “Invisible” featuring British actor and UNICEF Ambassador Liam Neeson. To highlight the fact that abuse is often unseen, the video shows different scenes wherein debris and wreckage are the only physical proof of the pain inflicted on children.
The independent film “Boses” is participating in this important campaign by appending UNICEF’s latest video to the main picture now being screened in 27 SM cinemas nationwide. Moviegoers who will troop to watch “Boses” in the theaters will see the “Invisible” video right before they watch the film.
“We are very happy to partner with UNICEF for this effort,” says director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil. “We feel privileged to show the video to our audience as it underscores that child protection is an urgent global concern.”
In 2008, UNICEF Philippines supported the production of “Boses” together with other agencies and organizations including DSWD and the Council for the Welfare for Children. “When we presented our script about a boy made mute due to unbearable circumstances and the friendship he strikes with a reclusive violinist, UNICEF had just launched an anti-violence campaign… As ‘Boses’ is hitting mainstream cinemas this year to reach a bigger audience, the said campaign has elevated to a much wider scale.”
Studies show that violence disrupts children’s physical and mental health, compromises their ability to learn and socialize, and undermines their ability to become functional adults and good parents later in life. UNICEF emphasizes that it is not only the children and their families who are affected; it can prevent a nation from fully developing because of lost productivity, disability and decreased quality of life.
“Violence against children is everywhere. It happens in all countries, at all levels of society. Despite its global prevalence, violence against children all too often remains invisible because it’s hidden behind closed doors or because people turn a blind eye to it. “UNICEF supports the film ‘Boses’ because it’s a powerful advocacy tool to help spread the message that violence against children is entirely preventable when people come together and say that it is not acceptable,” said Mr. Abdul Alim, OIC/Deputy Representative UNICEF Philippines
“Boses” is written by Froilan Medina and Rody Vera. It stars award-winning actors Cherry Pie Picache, Ricky Davao and Meryll Soriano, and world-renowned Filipino violinist Coke Bolipata and his outstanding music student Julian Duque. For more information about the film, check out www.facebook.com/BOSEStheMovie