Save the Children and BAFTA award-winning film makers Don’t Panic unveiled a powerful short film to help raise global awareness of the millions of children struggling to survive in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities on the planet.
A staggering 17,000 children under-five are still dying every day from easily preventable causes such as malaria and diarrhea, suffering from poor or non-existent access to medicines and skilled health workers, in regions and countries where extreme poverty is widespread.
The film ‘Superheroes’ follows a group of journalists investigating multiple sightings of ‘flying figures’ – real life health workers that many children regard as superheroes. The film crew have heard the stories of these mythical figures and are on their trail, determined to be the first to capture evidence of these anonymous protagonists on camera.
Travelling across the globe, from Mexico to Kenya to India, the crew document the moving stories of young boys and girls who claim to have been saved by these elusive heroes.These are real children – not actors – but children who are supported by Save the Children’s international work and filmed in their real life settings.
The release of the innovative film coincides with Save the Children’s annual global campaign mobilisation event, Race for Survival, and the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on October 17th.
Thousands of children in over 50 countries will take to the streets in organised running races, to help amplify the voices of millions children living in the world’s most unforgiving environments. Race for Survival is Save the Children’s biggest global campaign event that is entirely child-powered and focussed on giving a powerful push towards attaining the MDG4 goal – to reduce child mortality by two-thirds. We’re campaigning so that every child is within reach of the quality care they deserve. We want everyone to take action by sharing the film and help spread the powerful stories of children who survive against the odds”.