Films tell life-affirming stories of children living with serious illnesses

Categories: Community Engagement.

Mike Hill, director of the multi-award winning film LIFE Before Death, has been working on a new series of films called ‘Little Stars‘ about paediatric palliative care.

The project is described by Mike as ‘Moving Pictures Advocacy’ – “an approach that utilises moving pictures to engage, educate and empower audiences to make a difference to important social causes.”

Little Stars aims to challenge the negative image of children’s hospice and palliative care, showing how the discipline is focused on life, not death. It aims to show how children’s hospice and palliative care delivers a service in the home (or a home-like environment) by a multi-disciplinary team, focused on extending and enhancing life through wellness, relationships, community and love.

The first film in the series, ‘Value every life’ (available to watch now) and is an introduction to children’s hospice and palliative care. It features Joan Marston, chief executive of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, as well as staff and children from Sunflower Hospice in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Mike said: “It was an incredible experience to film with the children and team of Sunflower House… These remarkable stories of young people finding peace, love and joy in the face of the inevitable, challenges many pre-conceived notions surrounding the ‘d-word’ and powerfully demonstrates the transformative effect that good services, well-delivered, can have on families facing an unimaginable dilemma.”

The project is formally supported by United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee, Open Society Foundations, Pettus Foundation, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance.

The producers are currently seeking additional partners. If your organization is interested in getting involved you can email Moonshine Movies.