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New documentary highlights Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/20/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Free screening on April 28 in Filene Auditorium

Watch the trailer for "Grandmother to Grandmother: New York to Tanzania" premiering at Dartmouth on April 28th at 7 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

Shared experiences connect two communities a world apart in a new documentary called “Grandmother to Grandmother: New York to Tanzania,” which will be premiered at Dartmouth on April 28th at 7 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. The screening is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by a reception with the filmmakers, representatives from the New York project featured in the film, and special guest Nils Daulaire, adjunct professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and former CEO of the Global Health Council.

The film, produced by Old Dog Documentaries of Woodstock, Vt., and New York City, considers the similar plights of children in Africa orphaned by AIDS and children in the South Bronx orphaned by AIDS, drugs, violence, or prison. Both groups of children often become the responsibility of grandparents, who struggle with grief, illness, and poverty. The film portrays the seemingly insurmountable problems inherent in these situations, and it also showcases communities that have come together to help one another.

The film’s executive producer, Richard Waddell, is a research assistant professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School who works with Dartmouth’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) on the DarDar Program, a partnership between doctors and professors at Dartmouth and their counterparts in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania at Muhumbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding coordinates the GHI, and it provided some funding for the film. Waddell helped the filmmakers gain access to resources and technical assistance in Dar Es Salaam, and introduced them to representatives from the Bibi Jann School in Tanzania, which was featured in the film.

“Some of the Tanzanian children in the film are patients in our DarDar Pediatric Care and Treatment Center,” says Waddell. “And three of our Dickey Center DarDar interns, all undergraduates, are interviewed in the film. I hope that when people see it, they will understand the commonalities between the two communities in Dar and the Bronx, both trying to thrive in extremely difficulty times.”

The film is slated to air on local PBS stations in Vermont and New Hampshire, and it can be ordered for classroom or community viewing, accompanied by teacher resources and a discussion guide. Copies of the film will be for sale at the Dartmouth screening. (View a trailer of the film)

In addition to the Dickey Center, the film was developed with support from the Ford Foundation, the Byrne Foundation, Presbyterian Senior Services, and private donations.

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