"All the Invisible Children" screened at Venice Biennale Film Festival

Published on 31 August 2005

A film and a project in Venice supported by the Italian Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs in favour of UNICEF and WFP.

The rights of millions of children and adolescents are denied by exploitation and war. Three hundred million children in the world suffer from hunger. Over 100 million have never been at school. The film All the Invisible Children, which is being shown at the 62nd Venice Biennale del Cinema (Biennale Film Festival), is dedicated to all of them.

The initiative is being supported by the Italian Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs in favour of the United Nations agencies UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and WFP, which work all over the world to protect children, as a priceless opportunity to let people hear the voices, stories and hopes of these children.

Major directors

The film project has been put together by eight major directors – Medhi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Katia Lund, Jordan Scott and Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso and John Woo – who have donated their names and immense creative talent to the “invisible children”.

"We are proud to participate in this truly ingenious idea by the Italian Government. It is wonderful to have some of the world's top film directors dedicating their time and talent to put the spotlight on the problems, including hunger, facing the world's poor children," said James Morris, WFP's Executive Director.

Music stars

High profile music stars have also made a valuable contribution with the song Teach Me Again, written, composed and produced by Elisa, performed by Tina Turner and Elisa, released by Caterina Caselli for Sugar.

Tanza, Ciro, Uroš, Bilu, João, Song Song are some of the children portrayed. Their stories speak for millions of their peers who in the world are denied the right to a name and a face: stories of violated rights, malnutrition and poverty, and also stories of children determined to seek a better future, stories that are played out far from the film set amid the emptiness of indifference.

Faceless childhood

This faceless, nameless childhood is the subject of the film based on an original idea of Chiara Tilesi, produced by Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Chiara Tilesi and Stefano Veneruso for MK Film Productions in co-production with RaiCinema, distributed in Italy by 01 Distribution and sold worldwide by Adriana Chiesa Enterprises.

The great sensitivity shown by the directors, their total commitment to the project, their international fame and the prestige that surrounds them are the best guarantee of success for a film that aims above all to enhance the world’s understanding of the “invisible children” by reaching an international audience.

The film will also lend concrete support to a project in favor of children and designed to fight child malnutrition in Africa.