Image Nation’s latest documentary, which sheds light on the polio epidemic in Pakistan, is set to have its world premiere at the esteemed DOC NYC film festival this November.
Every Last Child, is the dramatic story of five people caught up in the current polio crisis in Pakistan. Once nearly eradicated, polio is now on the rise and just this year was declared a global health crisis by the World Health Organization (WHO). While the virus is endemic in three countries, Pakistan holds the key to eradication – 80% of all cases stem from the country and over 200 cases were diagnosed only this year.
Early this year, the UAE launched the ‘Pakistan Assistance Program’ (UAE PAP) which aimed to vaccinate 3.65 million children over the course of three months, especially targeting remote areas of the country.
Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation said: “We are thrilled that Every Last Child has been accepted into the fifth annual DOC NYC festival. As the world witnesses the dramatic events of the current Ebola outbreak, Every Last Child brings home the fact that we are all citizens of one global community.”
Award-winning filmmaker, Tom Roberts, will be in attendance at this year’s festival to discuss his work. He said: “The film was a rewarding but often tragic adventure – meeting children crippled by Polio was heart wrenching. It was an honour to record the work with of many brave men and women – virtually all of them Pakistani – risking their lives to ensure the future of their country.”
Every Last Child will premiere on November 14 in New York. The trailer for the film will be showcased at ADFF on World Polio Day, October 24.