Scholars & Gentlemen

We are extremely honoured and proud to announce that our film “A Doctor’s Dream” for the DNDi has won the grand prix of the video reports category at @WHO inaugural #HealthForAll film festival, May 2020!

The WHO #HealthForAll Film Festival received nearly 1300 entries from 110 different countries for these awards, and the films were judged by a jury composed of critically-acclaimed artists and Senior WHO experts including: Richard Curtis – Writer, Director, Co-Founder of Red Nose Day and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate; Angélique Kidjo – Singer and songwriter; Barbara Miller – Writer / Director – President Swiss Filmmakers Association (ARF/FDS); Wagner Moura – Actor and film director from Brazil; Patrick Eveno – Senior Consultant for audio-visual and animation film production; Ricky Kej – Grammy Award Winner, US Billboard #1 artist, UNCCD ‘Land Ambassador’  & United Nations ‘Global Humanitarian Artist’; Elizabeth Iro – Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization; Dr Ruediger Krech – Director of Health Promotion, World Health Organization and last but not least, Dr Soumya Swaminathan – Chief Scientist, World Health Organization, who mentioned that, while they understood the causes and science behind the sleeping sickness decease, what this film, A Doctors Dream, did was bring through the emotional aspect of the decease, “which was much more impactful”.

The DNDi would receive a 10,000 USD grant with this prize.

Scholars and Gentlemen produced this inspiring story of Dr Victor Kande, a Congolese doctor, and his role in the development of an all-oral treatment for sleeping sickness. Filming took place in the D.R.C., Switzerland and Belgium.

This award is a reminder to us that when we have organisations doing the work that the @DNDi are doing and individuals as passionate as Dr Kande, we can and will conquer COVID-19.

Thank you to the @WHO, @DNDi and the amazing Scholars Film crew.