FOLLOW-UP BY NORWEGIAN TV
Hairdressing at Hummingbird - Cut! Cut! No! Not the filming, his hair!
“ Capturing and disseminating these hopeful images of a better future for Brazil’s many underprivileged children is the best way of creating public awareness and mobilizing
support for our actions. ”
During the last year, any newcomers to CARF’s recuperation and prevention centre in São Paulo would have probably mistaken the colourful, thriving village of Hummingbird for something close to a Hollywood film studio, due to the fact that they would most likely have bumped into a camera lens at one time or another (if not that, then maybe the peaceful cows passing-by from the neighbourhood!).
Having been the scene for several documentary programmes for television channels in the US, Brazil and Norway recently, it must have been quite impossible not to imagine oneself as the new Shirley Temple or Macaulay Culkin during all the film takes! Keep your heads on straight kids! No need to panic! This is not some Hollywood movie, just a real-life extract of the day-to-day life at our Hummingbird Activity Centre, where more than 600 children and young people spend most of their time, before or after normal school hours.
Latest in line on our clapboard is a follow-up of a documentary film made in 1994 by NRK’s Egil Rafto, reflecting over the past ten years of CARF and Gregory Smith’s actions to protect street children and other children at risk from some of the harsh realities of Brazilian society. Sorry to say, Egil passed away on 7th. January 1997 before he had a chance to realise his ideas for a follow-up of the ’94 film.
Knowing well of his intentions, journalist friend and colleague, Steiner Birkeland, took it upon himself to realise Egil’s desire to make this follow-up, together with cameraman Thomas Hellum, both from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation – NRK.
It seems that the neighbourhood’s cows enjoy just as much our football grounds as do our children.
Seeing the moving images and listening to the sounds through a digital camera is a fascinating experience for the children.
Easy to notice the difference in the optimistic smiles of the children at Hummingbird, compared to those on the streets.
Our colourful thriving village at Hummingbird prevents children from going to the streets.
Fading away in their fantasy world by sniffing glue and abusing other drugs is often the only possibility of escaping the realities of the streets.
Trying to make the most of what little one has is a common plight for most children from poverty stricken communities in Brazil. The efforts of NGO’s like ours is of great value to them.
The results of all these efforts will be made available to television viewers on the 10th. January 2005, when the finished film is due to be released on NRK television in Norway.
NB! You can now watch the film "Kolibrimannen"
8 years of working preventively in our community has created bonds and established respectful relationships. These themselves are qualities which prevent many at-risk children from hitting the streets.
|Why not light a candle at Christmas in support of the children in our Street Migration Prevention Programme at the Hummingbird Activity Centre. Please make your safe online contribution by clicking on the photo below. All donations to our Street Children's Memorial Fund support this programme.|