‘Stateless: Forgotten Children screening at Pisco Bar and Restaurant
By Natalie Varnham
“An enjoyable yet thought-provoking evening for an important issue”
Thursday 20th August, Voice of the Children held a fundraising screening of their film ‘Stateless: Forgotten Children’. The film addresses the issues faced by stateless persons in Malaysia, and follows three individuals that encounter daily challenges caused by their current situation. The aim of the night was to raise both awareness of statelessness and funds for VoC to continue to advocate for the rights of children.
The evening took place at Pisco Bar & Restaurant and began with drinks and finger food as the guests arrived. After an introduction by VoC’s Assistant Director for Programmes, Thency, the film began and the audience watched in silence as the struggles, trials and hopes of those affected by statelessness played out on the screen.
Following the screening of the documentary, VoC’s Director, Sharmila Sekaran took part in an engaging discussion with the audience regarding the film and also the issue of undocumented children. The public displayed their astonishment at the extent of the problems being stateless meant for children in Malaysia, and their enthusiasm for improving the situation. We also heard from a gentleman who experiences the anguish of statelessness first hand with his adopted child whom he cannot obtain documentation for, which elaborated the current helplessness in this situation and the urgent need for a change.
After the passionate discussion, Noorliza Rasool Khan, a board member of Voice of the Children led a lively auction. Up for grabs were horse riding lessons at the Royal Selangor Club with professional polo player Shaffik Mustafa, singing lessons at Rockstarz Performing Arts Studio and Tea with ‘Miss World Malaysia 2010’ Nadia Heng. We were lucky enough to have the lovely Nadia as a guest for the evening and she took to the microphone to help encourage everyone to help raise funds for VoC. After much competitive bidding we managed to raise a respectable profit that will all go towards advocating for children’s rights and make a positive change to the lives of undocumented children here in Malaysia.
Voice of the Children would like to say thank you to everyone that attended our screening of ‘Stateless: Forgotten Children’ and helped to make it such a beneficial and meaningful event.
The DVD of ‘Stateless: Forgotten Children’ is available to buy now from VoC, please contact us via our website for details.