By Laman Ismayilova
Every year of a child's life is precious. When it comes to development, the first years are especially important.
A film highlighting the importance of the first year in the life of a child has been shown in Baku.
"The Beginning of Life" by the Brazilian film director Estella Renner was screened at Landmark Cine Club on October 23.
The event was co-organized by UNICEF and the Embassy of Brazil in Azerbaijan.
Brazilian Ambassador Sergio Arruda, UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan Edward Carwardine, public figures attended the film screening.
Addressing the event, Mr. Sergio Arruda said he is glad that Brazilian film came to Azerbaijan.
"This is a fantastic occasion to share it with Azerbaijani authorities," the envoy noted.
Then, the floor was given to UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan Edward Carwardine.
He expressed gartitude the Brazilian Embassy for organizing the event. The UNICEF representative stressed that the film tells about the early child development.
In his speech, Edward Carwardine noted that first thousand days of the child's life is the time when brain connections in child are expanding and developing faster than in any other time.
The quality of early child nutrition, the interaction between parents and child, the cognitive development of child, the safety and security in which the child lives - all this has an impact on brain connection and also influences the future of the child.
"The Beginning of Life" is a documentary that shows the importance of the first year in the life of a child. Directed by Estela Renner (Target market: Kids,Way Beyong Weight), the documentary was shot in nine countries.
Estela interviewed child development experts and visited families in a variety of cultures, ethnicity and social classes in order to discover that creating a loving and safe environment for children during this phase is the biggest investment we can make on humanity.
UNICEF adopted the film as part of its global early childhood development campaign in 2017.
The 90 minutes long production was created as reply to the progress in the field of neurology that shows the important role of the child's first years and their impact on the achievement of future success.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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