A loving and caring relationship between two siblings deteriorates as the brother indulges in unhealthy behavior. He later dies of a stroke. The film by Kautea and Taniela Tora highlights the importance of looking after oneself and encourages individuals to embrace healthy living, if not for themselves, for the ones who love them. The authors postulate that in contemporary Fijian society, individuals are more sensitive to the pain their death may inflict unto their loved ones than their own fate.
Following a visit to the doctor, Tama, an overweight young adult, becomes suddenly aware of everything he could have done differently in his youth to be healthier. He then decides to radically change his and his family’s lifestyle. The team of young people from French Polynesia who directed this short film, engage parents on the importance of teaching children healthy behaviours from an early age.
Following an incident that gives the whole family a scare, Edouard, 13, decides to improve his health with the support of his parents. This short anime film made from drawings by young people from the Northern Province of New Caledonia, not only gives life to the original characters, but also harshly criticises moder way of life and its contribution to the increase of health-related problems within families.
Four young female students of Tongan heritage living in New Zealand are mobilising against non-communicable diseases. In their film, they highlight the impact of diabetes, not only on the quality of life of those affected, but also on family members. This moving short film is full of hope and a strong, sensitive call to communities to take better charge of their health.
The Ni Vanuatu Hip Hop group ‘Confliction’ takes on NCD risk factors in this upbeat music video. The lyrics and music motivate the youth to be more active, eat healthy local foods, stop smoking and drink less. The video also portrays gender balance and sensitivity. Music is highly appealing to the youth in Vanuatu and is generally considered a great medium to engage with them on sensitive or important issues.
Meet Seleone, an elder from Hihifo district on Wallis Island. He is interviewed by Lotana, a nurse, who asks him about traditional ways of life, and how to integrate this knowledge into methods of teaching young people about non-communicable diseases. Through interviews with Seleone, the film shows how modernisation has profoundly changed the Wallisian way of life, with a focus on the abandonment of subsistence farming, hunting and fishing, and the introduction of imported processed foods.
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