'Child protection award' at Abu Dhabi film fest
Abu Dhabi, October 27, 2013
The Higher Committee for Child Protection represented by UAE’s Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center launched the ‘Child Protection Award’ at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, indicated that participation in the festival comes upon the directives of Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
“These directives exemplify Sheikh Saif’s commitment to maintain the UAE’s position as a haven for civilisation and a role model in the region for its efforts to promote the protection and security of children through preventive and precautionary measures, which thereby strengthens the community’s security and safety,” he said.
Al Nuaimi added that the Child Protection Award is dedicated for the film industry, referred to as the “Seventh Art”.
It was introduced as part of this year’s ADFF awards, and will recognise the best film and the best script that deal with the subject of child protection and safety.
“The award serves as recognition to filmmakers’ contribution, and reflects the valuable role played by the film industry and filmmakers, who can efficiently communicate with different society segments,” he said.
Lt Col Faisal Al Shamari, director of the centre said the ministry had shown a movie titled ‘Trust’ as part of the fifth Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Conference in Abu Dhabi. The conference attendees were shown a scenario on a case of child online abuse; a testament to the importance of such films in raising awareness of a wide range of issues.
The film addressed the dangers that children face when they use chatting websites, as they cannot be sure of the identity of the other people they are communicating with, who build their trust and eventually lure them. It highlighted the instrumental role of parents in providing necessary protection to prevent children from falling into the clutches of such dangerous websites.
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival, now in its seventh edition, includes 92 narratives and documentaries feature-length and 72 short films from 51 countries and runs till November 2. - TradeArabia News Service
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