Screening as part of World Leprosy Day
Twenty minutes by plane from modern Honolulu is Kalaupapa, a peninsula on the island of Molokai. With its swaying palms, unspoiled beaches and stunning mountains this is a paradise on earth, with a history from hell. Kalaupapa is a leper colony. In 1998 Paul Cox was permitted by the patients to make a biopic of their hero Father Damien. Now he has been invited to return to the island and make a documentary focusing on the last remaining leprosy patients of the island. Using interviews, home movies, photographs and music, this will be a film about survival and the celebration of life in the face of adversity.
About World Leprosy Day
World Leprosy Day will be taking place on 31 January 2016. The day was chosen by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau in 1953 to coincide with the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s death on 30th January 1948.
World Leprosy Day raises awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. Today it is not just the disease that is forgotten, but the people too.
Everyday nearly 600 more people are diagnosed with and start treatment for leprosy. In 2014, 213,899 people were diagnosed and it is estimated that millions more go undiagnosed.
Classification: Exempt MA15+
Distributor: Go Patterson Films & Dream TV
Dates & Times:
Sunday 31 January 11am
Director of Photography:
Tony Clark (ACS)
Researcher/Assistant Director/Production Coordinator: