SPEAK LUVO SPEAK JANE
Peter Jordan / The Bernard van Leer Foundation
(Kenya/South Africa/USA) 14'25"
In African communities plagued by AIDS, what has been the impact of
the epidemic on the minds of the continent‚s youngest children?
With the disease still kept a secret, what have children been left
to infer on their own about the sickness seen and heard everyday around
them? In Speak Luvo Speak Jane eight-year-old Luvo and five-year-old
Jane share their impressions growing up in South Africa and Kenya,
as they struggle to overcome the deadly impact of AIDS on their families.
Local nursery school children, equipped with plastic video cameras,
document how children in their villages understand AIDS and what we
can do to help their orphaned friends.
Peter Jordan is a filmmaker and director of Localfilms, a grassroots
production company that partners with international humanitarian organizations
to empower communities through film. Each of its participatory projects
is co-directed by local children or adults, who are provided with
the equipment and knowledge to make their own movies. These community-based
films have screened at conferences in Asia, Europe, and America and
in villages throughout Africa.
Peter Jordan, Director