Hunger Ward zeroes in on the agency’s work to fight disease and starvation.
A short documentary featuring an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) sponsored clinic in Yemen has been nominated for an award at the 93rd Academy Awards on March 15, 2021. Hunger Ward, a film dealing with the famine in Yemen during the current civil war, was nominated in the Documentary (Short Subject) category, together with four other films.
The nominated documentary addresses the suffering of the Yemeni people, especially children, as a result of years of civil war. In the film, two women from the health service are accompanied as they go to treat starving young children. The film crew led by director Skye Fitzgerald visited a hospital set up by ADRA, the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, built with funds from Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and ADRA Germany.
In the film, Fitzgerald reveals some of the gruesome effects of the “forgotten war.” According to the United Nations Association in the United Kingdom (UNA-UK), in Yemen, 21.2 million people, 9.9 million of whom are children, require urgent humanitarian assistance. This is four out of five people living in the country. UNA-UK also reported that three million residents suffer from malnutrition, including 500,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The agency also reported that a child dies every 10 minutes from malnutrition or disease.
Christian Molke, ADRA Germany managing director, said the agency understands that fighting disease and hunger is a daunting task under the current circumstances. “As a charity, we are working tirelessly to help people. But in the end, only an end to the war can minimize the suffering and give hope to the Yemeni people,” he said.
About Hunger Ward
Various sources have described Hunger Ward as an intrepid look at the scale of hunger and its effect on children in war-torn Yemen. For the film, filmmakers joined a team of doctors and nurses working to treat those most at risk of starvation. Hunger Ward specifically documents the work of two nurses fighting the spread of famine. It makes the horror visible, deepening the empathy for the helpers and the awareness of the tremendous civil suffering that results from the current conflict.
Hunger Ward has been included in the screening roster at the Human Rights Film Festival in Berlin, which runs until March 28, 2021. The festival focuses on stories from all over the world that vividly report on the current state of human rights. At a screening on March 25, viewers were invited to a panel discussion on the current situation in Yemen.
The ceremony of the 93rd Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, is scheduled for April 25, 2021, in Los Angeles, California, United States.