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‘Play your Part’ is a Participatory Video made by the Tanzanian White Ribbon Alliance to address issues of Safe Motherhood in Tanzania. The film has been shown at national and international conferences and on Tanzanian television.
In 2006, Emily Flower (Senior Associate) for InsightShare joined the Tanzanian White Ribbon Alliance to train six healthcare workers in Participatory Video for a capacity building project. The Tanzanian team continues to make films as part of their highly effective campaign to hold politicians to account - and this DfID (Department for International Development – part of the UK Government) funded work has become a model for others in Africa. 'Play Your Part' gives a voice to mothers, midwives and children in one African country - and brings those voices to a global audience. Five midwives and a doctor working on the front line of maternal and child heath were trained in film making in order to gather real life stories within their own country of Tanzania. This is not a professionally made advocacy film. This is a documentary made from the heart by people telling their stories for the first time.
'Play Your Part' uses film and stories from the community to address mother and child health issues centeral to saving lives and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The vibrant soundtrack is written and performed by one of Tanzania's leading singers, Stara Thomas. The project was created by the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania, and funded by the UK Governmennt's Department for Internationl Development. Special thanks to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Government of Tanzania for its support.