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‘Saving Africa’s Witch Children’ wins Peck Award

Joost van der Valk's Saving Africa's Witch Children has won the Rory Peck Trust Impact Award, which is given to films which have achieved a change in perception or policy. Van der Valk's doc examines the practice of gross mistreatment to children in Nigeria that are deemed witches, which includes torturing, abandoning and murdering them. The film's impact included several pastors being arrested and the criminalization of branding children as witches.
November 20, 2009

Joost van der Valk’s Saving Africa’s Witch Children has won the Rory Peck Trust Impact Award, which is given to films which have achieved a change in perception or policy. Van der Valk’s doc examines the practice of gross mistreatment to children in Nigeria that are deemed witches, which includes torturing, abandoning and murdering them. The film’s impact included several pastors being arrested and the criminalization of branding children as witches.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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