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UNESCO supports Aeterna film production promoting human and cultural diversity

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Ha Noi, 7 June 2017 - From May 31 to June 6 2017, UNESCO in collaboration with the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism provided support to the shooting of the movie, Aeterna, produced by FASAD, a Swedish production company, in four locations of Viet Nam. The cinematic odyssey celebrates human and cultural diversity on the planet, with images shot in 13 countries.

Being a non-profit production, the film aims to highlight the positive aspects of everyday life in various parts of the world. In Viet Nam, scenes captured farming activities in Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, Cam Pha traditional mining, and net fishing and family gatherings in Hoi An.

With funding by the Swedish Film Institute, under patronage of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, Aeterna is directed by two well-established Swedish directors, Fredrik Wenzel and Jesper Kurlandsky.

FASAD Production Company produces feature films, documentaries and short and experimental cinema. As stated by the company, the movie "Aeterna is a poetic representation of the Anthropocene and an introduction to the way we, as a people, should move forward. Communicating with the audience through contemplative and reflective images, which aim to create an understanding of the problem, as well as inciting change. Using a language of compassion and beauty, instead of fear and judgment, Aeterna is a powerful cinematic experience, which aims to reintegrate our civilisation with the environment."

The film will premiere live globally with the Swedish Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in August 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. UNESCO, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and FASAD are discussing possibilities for promotion of the movie through cultural events between Viet Nam and Sweden in the years to come.

For more information, please visit the FASAD Production Company website or contact Mr. Nguyen Duc Tang, National Programme Officer in Culture, at nd.tang(at)




1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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