Nov. 19, 2021

Global Health Film Festival 25 Nov to 05 Dec 2021

The basics
This year's festival takes place online over eleven days from Thursday 25 November, bringing you excellent storytelling and discussion from all around the world on all aspects of global health including refugee and migrant health, planetary health, gender violence, the politics of aid and post-colonialism.

Film festival passes
All-access passes are now on sale on our festival platform; at just £55, your all-access pass offers you the best value, with access to the full programme of on-demand films, as well as all the live screenings, panel discussions and workshops throughout the duration of the festival.

Individual tickets and ticket bundles
Five-ticket and three-ticket bundles are also available, costing £19.50 and £12.50 respectively as well as individual tickets at £4.75 for each film or series of shorts.

Ways to watch
You can watch your chosen films on the VOD platform at anytime during the eleven days of the festival - and you can also sign up to join us for the live-stream screening and panel discussion using the registration link in your ticket confirmation email.

This week's spotlight
Details of FOUR more of this year's festival films below

Be My Voice

Friday 03 December 19:30 GMT

Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad is the voice of millions of Iranian women rebelling against the forced hijab on social media. 

Leading one the largest acts of civil disobedience in today’s Iran, Masih uses her freedom in exile to amplify the protest in her home country. The regime tightens its grip to regain control, and Masih’s courage is tested when violence and oppression threaten her own family members

This brilliant film is one of several jewels in our crown this year and is, in our eyes, quite simply unmissable. The panel will include the director Nahid Persson - many more details to follow next week!

Watch the trailer and get your festival pass, ticket bundle, or individual ticket here!

Men Who Sing

Sunday 05 December 19:30 GMT

This humorous and melancholic portrait of a male voice choir begins when the filmmaker’s father, widower Ed, 90, sells the family home and arranges his own funeral.

His only remaining solace is Tuesday night practice, but with an average age of 74 and suffering a haemorrhaging of the bass section, his beloved choir is facing a crisis of its own. They must act or face extinction.

So the hunt begins to find ‘brown haired men’ in their 40s and 50s who can take the choir forward. As their search intensifies we come closer to them. Whilst Ed finds new meaning, Merf deals with his own bad news by focusing on the choir's revival and Gwyn laughs at his prostate cancer diagnosis and walks on the wing of a plane to raise money. Finally, they raise themselves and travel to Northern Ireland to perform for the first time in 20 years.

We will also feature a 14-minute short film Lousy: Love in the time of dementia, directed by Frank Silverstein and documenting his parents' decline due to dementia.

We are delighted to programme this session in partnership with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland; the panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Roger O'Sullivan, Director of the Ageing Research and Development Division within the Institute of Public Health and will include Men Who Sing director Dylan Williams.

Read on and get your festival pass, ticket bundle, or individual ticket here!

The Kitchenistas

Saturday 27 November 17:00 GMT

International Premiere

What started as a seven-week nutrition programme seven years ago in National City, California for women seeking healthier diets, has become a Latina-led movement to raise the health, wellbeing, and resilience of the community.

National City has one of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in San Diego County and in the state of California, and the programme graduates, called “Kitchenistas”, are out to change that, one healthy meal at a time.

By 2021 and after 18 graduating classes, more than 275 Kitchenistas stay the course to overcome systemic barriers in bringing high-quality food solutions into their homes, schools, and city. Not to be underestimated, these women show how a range of small advocacy actions over time lead to big changes. The Kitchenistas are community builders and advocates for "real food" and re-connection through the kitchen.  

The panel will be moderated by Amy Stratton, Global Health Film, and will include Executive Producer Mary Ann Beyster,  Cooking for Salud Coordinator, Patty Corona, and Sabrina Falquier Montgrain, MD and culinary medicine expert.

More details here - and a link to the box office for festival passes, ticket bundles, or individual tickets!

Your Mum and Dad

Sunday 28 November 17:00 GMT

Preview screening

From the moment we are born we play a role. Is this role enforced on us by our parents or is it the direct consequence of their behaviour? Nature versus nurture, in a personal documentary essay with a psychoanalytic dimension.

Film maker Klaartje Quirijns turns the camera on herself and her family - on what has not been dealt with from the past and the way her life has been shaped by this.

The panel will be moderated by Global Health Film Trustee and retired psychiatrist Dr Peter Jarrett, and will include director Klaartje Quirijns - more details to follow.

Find out more and get your festival pass, ticket bundle, or individual ticket here!

Global Health Film Festival all-access pass - get yours today!
Aug. 25, 2021


United Nations Films is encouraging the participation of filmmakers from the developing world in the production of UN films. The benefit of such an arrangement is an interpretation of the role of the United Nations in light of the filmmakers' own cultural heritage.

Aug. 12, 2021


Jul. 1, 2021

New film sends a powerful message to world leaders: end inequalities, end AIDS
Celebrities and supporters of the global HIV response take part in a new UNAIDS film and social media campaign calling on world leaders to address the inequalities driving the HIV epidemic to end AIDS by 2030

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 July 2021—In the 40th year since the first AIDS cases were reported, a group of celebrities and high-profile supporters of the HIV response have appeared in a new film as part of a campaign to hold world leaders to their commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The film, A Message to World Leaders on Ending AIDS, shows how the HIV epidemic remains a global health emergency and that too many people are being left behind in the response because the underlying inequalities driving the epidemic are not being addressed.

Alongside the UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, the film features celebrities and long-standing supporters of the global HIV movement, including Kenneth Cole, Toumani Diabaté, Youri Djorkaeff, David Furnish, Sir Elton John, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Stéphanie Seydoux, Charlize Theron, Brigitte Touadera, Yousra and others.

People are invited to join the campaign by sending their own messages to world leaders on social media using the #EndInequalitiesEndAIDS hashtag and by signing a Dear World Leader letter that lays out the progress made against the HIV epidemic to date while urging stronger action to reduce inequalities, mobilize resources and empower communities living with and affected by HIV to end the AIDS epidemic for good. The letter also expresses concern about the impact of COVID-19 on HIV services and how the pandemic has increased vulnerability to HIV infection among certain groups of people, such as young women and girls because of interruptions to schooling, child marriage and gender-based violence.

The campaign reflects the recently adopted UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS and supports the outcomes of the 2021 United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS. At the meeting, Member States supported the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030, which set new targets for HIV prevention and treatment and the reduction of HIV-related stigma and discrimination. If those targets are met by 2025, the world will be on course to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. If reached, the targets will deliver HIV services to 95% of all people who need them, reduce the number of new HIV infections annually to fewer than 370 000 and reduce AIDS-related deaths to fewer than 250 000.

Incredible progress has been made against HIV over the past four decades, with the number of people on life-saving medicines more than tripling since 2010. But the campaign draws attention to those being left behind, such as young women and girls, gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who use drugs. A recently released UNAIDS report, Global commitments, local action, shows that 10.2 million of 37.6 million people living with HIV globally are still waiting for treatment. Last year alone, 690 000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses and there were 1.5 million new HIV infections worldwide.

The film was launched during the 48th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. It can be found, with the letter to world leaders, at endinequalitiesendaids.unaids.org.


“We need governments to do their part, we need communities to mobilize and organize, we need civil society to advocate … Those who understand the need for global solidarity, those whose hearts tell them that the right thing to do is to care for humanity, must organize and win the public debate.”

Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

“The stigma associated [with AIDS] was arguably worse than the disease itself … If we work together toward these common goals [on HIV prevention and treatment] and if they are achieved by 2025 it will put the world back on track to end AIDS as a public health crisis by 2030.”

Kenneth Cole, designer, activist and UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador

“It’s important that we continue this fight and redouble our efforts. It is urgent.”

Toumani Diabaté, musician and UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador

“The virus has not gone away. Access to prevention, treatment and care remains a vital priority.”

Youri Djorkaeff, Chief Executive Officer, FIFA Foundation

“People who feel disenfranchised and cut off from society … that’s where HIV tends to come in and root down most. [We need] to ensure that everybody who’s at risk of contracting HIV feels safe, feels loved and feels they have access to the testing and treatment that they need.”

David Furnish, Chairman, the Elton John AIDS Foundation

“Young children from Indonesia were expelled from their schools when teachers and parents found out that they are HIV-positive.”

Atiqah Hasiholan, actress, model and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Indonesia

“We’ve made a lot of progress scientifically and medically, but we still have a long way to go. [Ending AIDS] is an achievable dream but what we have to do is end the stigma. We must continue to give people hope throughout the world that AIDS is on the agenda. We can’t leave these people behind. We are all born equal, we all should be treated the same.”

Sir Elton John, musician and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation

“Today, people living with HIV can enjoy long, healthy lives with one pill a day. We need a recommitment to ending the ignorance, the stigma and, yes, sometimes the silence that stands between us and the end of the AIDS epidemic.”

Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress, singer, author and activist

“We know how to end AIDS and we have the tools to do so.”

Stéphanie Seydoux, France’s Ambassador for Global Health

“We can encourage our leaders to provide the means to stop this pandemic.”

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador

“There’s one simple reason we’re missing our goal: inequality. Key populations most likely to become HIV-positive are least likely to have access to the services they need to survive. Whether you live or die from AIDS is still too often determined by who you are, who you love and where you live.”

Charlize Theron, actress, founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and United Nations Messenger of Peace

“Unfortunately, complacency is setting in and inequalities are growing. I call on leaders around the world to commit to a world without AIDS.”

Brigitte Touadera, First Lady of the Central African Republic

“Many people are not accessing services out of fear of being recognized or judged or out of personal safety and security.”

Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific

“To end AIDS, we need to talk about it. HIV does not discriminate. We do.”

Yousra, actress, singer and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at unaids.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

May. 25, 2021

On The Wild Side 

On The Wild Side, which we first featured at the 2020 Global Health Film Festival, launches online tomorrow Wednesday 26 May 19:30 BST.

This powerful film investigates and exposes the effects that hunting has on local ecosystems, wildlife populations, and endangered species, and shows how hunt saboteurs, mobile veterinary clinics and political lobbyists are integral to conserving our planet’s wildlife. 

Alice Hawryszkiewycz, Global Health Film Advisory Board member, will moderate the discussion after the screening;  she will be joined by On the Wild Side director Giacomo Giorgi, Eduardo Goncalves (Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting) Andrea Rutigliano (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) and Steve (UK Hunt Saboteurs Association). 

Tickets cost £5.99 and net proceeds will be shared with the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter and the Hunt Saboteurs Association to support their work on the ground.

UK Launch Prize Draw
To celebrate the UK launch of On The Wild Side, each ticket will be entered into a draw with a chance to win:
  • Signed copies of Trophy Hunters Exposed: Inside The Big Game Industry, Trophy Leaks: Trophy Hunters and Industry Secrets Revealed or Killing Game: The Extinction Industry by Eduardo Goncalves
  • Global Health Film Festival 2021 passes and tickets
  • And much more!
Book now to join us for this very special event
Check out the On The Wild Side trailer here