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Little Stars crowdfunding appeal - the final push

01 September 2014
  • The delightful Kali from Minnesota, one of the 'Little Stars' featured in the film

The makers of "Little Stars" the full length movie and short feature films on children's palliative care have started a crowdfunding appeal to get them to the finish line in time for the film premiere at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne this December.

Little Stars, the movie being made by Moonshine Movies, the same company behind the 2012 multi award-winning Life Before Death series and feature length film, will be a "united voice of hope" harnessing the power of the mass media and social media to encourage governments around the world to do more to ensure universal access to children's palliative care.

Making use of the crowdfunding concept, the movie makers say, "We've already come a long way and are so close to completion, we are now seeking the LAST BIT to get us over the line."   

Unique opportunity
Providing sufficient funds have been raised before the end of September they have been given a unique opportunity to host the world premiere of Little Stars at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne this December. The World Cancer Congress is the leading gathering place for leaders, policy-makers, activists and media who can begin the process of making children's palliative care a reality for all those who need it.

Sue Collins reports that they have "captured amazing stories in 8 countries to date in the USA, South Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Jordan and Russia. The one-hour film will contain a collection of surprisingly life-affirming stories of children around the world living with life-limiting illnesses." And in an exciting development, the acclaimed and talented British actor, David Suchet CBE, has agreed to undertake the narration for the film. 

Information provided on the Indiegogo site describes some of the short films that have been made and which will be woven into the the full length feature film. Readers and potential donors are also given an opportunity to watch a few of these powerful short films.

The hope of all those involved in this project, including the ICPCN, is that by illustrating the immense human capacity there is for care, compassion and celebration during this most difficult time, many preconceived notions surrounding ‘death and dying’ will be challenged and for many, the films will act as an introduction to the medical specialization of children’s palliative care and pain control.

Describing the need for an hour long film, the makers say that this is a requirement for TV broadcasters, including Aljazeera, who have already committed to broadcasting the film throughout its vast global network. 

"By making this film, we can carry the message of children's palliative care to millions of people around the world. Furthermore, the 52 minute film is the preferred format of educators and the most useful for hosted screenings designed to drive support for programmes delivering children's palliative care on the ground around the world." 

Every little bit counts
Please consider a donation, no matter how small, to this worthwhile project. 

Click here to find out more, to watch the trailer and to donate.

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