The film dedicated to the United Nations’ theme for Expo Milano 2015 –“The Zero hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world” – will be screened on the 20 October at the "Alice nella Città" festival, the cinema festival for youngsters that runs parallel to the Rome Cinema Festival. There are two scheduled screenings of the film: at 11:00 in the Sala Sinopoli of the Auditorium of Rome during an event dedicated to schools to which the UN-Expo Team Coordinator, Clara Velez Fraga, and the director and author of the film, Costanza Quatriglio; and at 18:00 in the Nuovo Cinema Aquila during a show open to the public.
This film is one of the main content through which the United Nations disseminates its key message for the World Exposition: ending hunger in the world is everyone’s responsibility; we all have a part to play, starting with the commitment to change simple everyday actions and decisions. The special event “Alice nella Città” falls shortly after the celebrations of World Food Day at Expo 2015 on the 16 October, during which the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, sent a strong message to the “Zero Hunger Generation”. The screening dedicated to schools presents another opportunity to engage the new generations in the challenge that was issued with the launching of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to eliminate hunger in the next 15 years.
The film is projected in the “Best Practices” room of Pavilion Zero, one of the key stops on the UN’s itinerary. Through the pavilion’s rooms, the close link between the Expo Milano 2015 theme, “Feeding the planet, Energy for life” and one of the United Nations’ fundamental missions: ensuring every person the access to safe and nutritious food that enables them to lead healthy and productive lives, without compromising the needs of future generations, is explored.
The message that Costanza Quatriglio wants the film to communicate is the importance of actions, and that gestures do count. The protagonist is a boy who «receives the knowledge of a farmer and uses it to come full circle; that small daily actions can become huge, gigantic even». The core elements of the story are «being caring and attentive, actions and gestures».
In collaboration with the UN-Expo Team, Quatriglio took up «the challenge of creating a story as a means to explore the pillars on which the objectives of the Zero Hunger Challenge are based».
The film leaves the visitors with a clear message: “Plant an idea, rise to the Challenge”. This exhortation is totally in line with the vision of the Zero Hunger Challenge the “call to action” launched in 2012 by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and is made up of five elements: zero stunted children less than two years, 100% access to adequate food all year round; all food systems are sustainable; 100% increase in smallholder income and productivity; zero loss or waste of food.
When adopting the Zero Hunger Challenge as its theme for Expo Milano 2015, the United Nations has decided to pay particular attention to women and their key role in the fight against hunger and in agriculture, an issue that cuts across all of the five elements.