A documentary film of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) has won a Silver Dolphin during the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The competitive international festival honours the finest corporate films, online media and TV documentaries.
“Switching the Poles” received the Silver Dolphin in the category medical films during a gala evening in Cannes on Thursday 2 October. The film tells the story of ITM’s capacity building programme in developing countries.
Over the past 15 years, the programme financed by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development (DGD) has helped dozens of Southern partner organisations to take charge of medical and scientific expertise. “Switching the Poles” presents selected milestones from the programme, with stories from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, India and Peru. The film shows, among others, progress made in the fight against tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and neglected tropical diseases. It also highlights the issue of antibiotic resistance and efforts to guarantee access to quality health care for all.
“We dedicate this award to our Southern partners, whose expertise and relentless efforts contribute to better health, often in challenging conditions. We are proud to move scientific and medical boundaries together,” said ITM Head of Communications Roeland Scholtalbers from Cannes.
ITM increasingly focuses on advancing knowledge in tropical medicine and public health in a 21st century in which North and South share the world as equal partners. The institute can only do so together with strong Southern partners.
“Switching the Poles” was produced by Bozo Film Company and directed by Peter Bostoen. The documentary film is available via switchingthepoles.itg.be