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The World Premiere screening of 'Listen to Me: Voices of Pacific Children with Disability' will take place at Federation Square on Tuesday 9th June from 7pm to 9.30pm and will be presented by award winning film-maker Kasimir Burgess.
Director Kasimir Burgess sheds light on the hopes, dreams and concerns of children with disability living in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The films record research into the human rights of children and explores the disadvantages and barriers they face in their lives.
The films are part of the research work of the 'Voices of Children with Disability: Inclusive practice for research' Project which is a research collaboration between Deakin University, Save the Children, Papua New Guinea Assembly of Disabled Persons and Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association Vanuatu.
The research work was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme. One of the main aims of the project was to collect data by way of communication with children with diverse disabilities as a means of allowing them to speak for themselves, thereby allowing researchers to address the question: 'What are the human rights needs and priorities of children with disability in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea?'
Stephanie Copus-Campbell, Board Member of UNICEF Australia and the Harold Mitchell Foundation, with a long history of working in the development sector in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, will introduce the films.
During the evening donations with be accepted through Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support (APIDS) who will work with the Disabled Persons Organisations in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea Assembly of Disabled Persons.