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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Moviestorm in Vanuatu

Moviestorm helps island nation towards development goals.

Moviestorm is very proud to be supporting Wan Smolbag Theatre, based in the Pacific islands of Vanuatu.  It’s always been one of our aims to bring moviemaking to kids who would otherwise never have the chance to experience this, and the youth centre there deals with some of the poorest kids in the world.  Vanuatu is one of the UN’s least developed countries (LDCs), and most parents can’t afford to send their kids to school.  The Wan Smolbag Theatre is a non-governmental organization which uses drama, film and radio to inform, raise awareness and encourage public discussion on a range of contemporary health, lifestyle, environment and governance issues.  They’re supported by development organizations worldwide, including AusAID, NZAID, OXFAM, the International Women’s Development Agency, the United Nations Development Programme and the UK’s Department for International Development.

The youth centre has a computer training lab and they are about to start using Moviestorm to teach the kids to make movies. We’ve donated a number of content packs to help out.  It’s only a small gesture, but it could make a huge difference.

Over the coming months, they’ll be showing us what they produce, and giving us an idea of what it’s like to live in such a far-flung part of the world.  We wish them every success, and we look forward to seeing exciting stuff from them soon.

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