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GENEVA – ‘When Bombs Stop Falling,’ directed by Daniel Benjamin Wheeler for the Norwegian Refugee Council, has secured a spot in the official selection for the 5th Health for All Film Festival, organised by the World Health Organization.

About the film

The film captures the lingering shadows that war casts on children, long after the physical dangers have passed. Through the lens of a young survivor, ‘When Bombs Stop Falling’ sheds light on the silent battles against trauma that continue to rage, often unseen. It is a narrative that underscores the crucial work of the Norwegian Refugee Council in aiding these children to not just survive but heal and rebuild their lives.

The Health for All Film Festival (HAFF)

The Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) is renowned for leveraging the power of filmmaking to promote health, awareness, and positive behaviour change worldwide. It is a platform that not only showcases compelling health-related stories but also fosters a vital dialogue between filmmakers, health experts, and the global community.

This nomination holds a special significance as it follows the success of Wheeler’s  film, ‘Stressed: A Pandemic of Fear,’ which won the Grand Prix for the Health Emergencies category at the same festival in 2021. That film poignantly highlighted the surge in stress levels among displaced children in the Middle East during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s festival, which concludes with a virtual awards ceremony at the end of May, will be an exciting opportunity for us to engage with other filmmakers and health professionals from around the globe. The ceremony will not only celebrate the outstanding contributions of all selected films but will also further discussions on health promotion and education.

Join the conversation

As part of the festival, the public is invited to watch the nominated films on the HAFF YouTube playlists and support their favourites by commenting and sharing on social media using the hashtag #Film4Health.

We encourage everyone to join in this important conversation by watching ‘When Bombs Stop Falling’ and the other remarkable films in this festival’s selection. Your support not only celebrates our film’s message but also contributes to a broader movement aimed at creating meaningful change through the power of cinema.

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates on the festival and our journey with ‘When Bombs Stop Falling.’ We are excited to see where this incredible recognition will lead us next and how it will amplify the voices of those who need to be heard the most.

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