The children survivors of violence and sexual abuse were special guests of the Honorary Consul of Germany to Samoa, Tagaloa Christa Szegedi, in celebrating the German Film Festival 2021 over the weekend.
Held at the Campus of Hope shelter facility for abused children and women, the place was basically transformed into a German community overnight, as the children resounded the basic Hallo – Hello; Guten Morgen – Good Morning; Guten Abend – Good Evening; and Auf Wiedersehen – Good Bye.
Dankeschȫn Christian & Barbara Durst for being patient teachers with the children and giving them facts and information about Germany leading up to the watching the film.
The finale for the night was a German Film called ‘Too Far Away’ which was one of the eleven movies featured in the 2021 German Film Festival.
Despite the film being in German language with Englisth subtitles, it immediately captured the children’s attention and they were glued infront of the screen for the duration of the film. Based on a 11-year old who struggled to fit in when his family moved to a new city, the clapping and cheering from the children indicated support for the main character, while their silence was errie. In the end, there was a good cheer from the children much to the delight of the German delegation that joined the children in enjoying the German Film Festival 2021
The children’s lunch and dinner for the day were all funded by the Honorary Consul of Germany to Samoa.
“Dankeschȫn H.E Tagaloa Christa Szegedi for choosing to celebrate the German Film Festival 2021 with the children of hope. You have time and time again reach out to support the children not only with the bedding furnishings you provided over the years, but more recently in 2020, a complete set of musical instrument to assist with the children’s healing.” Georgina Lui, Chair of the SVSG Board.