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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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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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