Delegates and families invited to screening of 'Ferdinand', 5 Dec

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Delegates who have pre-registered for the film screening of Ferdinand can pick up their tickets in Room SM2 (next to the elevator) on 9th floor between 3:00p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, 5 December.

Please note that staff and families must present their tickets to enter ECOSOC. The event is sold out, but if there are any available seats at 6:30 pm, staff without a ticket would be permitted entry then.

The United Nations Department of Public information is pleased to invite delegates and families to a screening of Ferdinand on 5 December, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the ECOSOC Chamber.

Delegates can reserve tickets before 2 December. 

Produced by the creators of Ice Age and Rio, this animated film tells the story of Ferdinand, a giant bull in Spain, who was pulled from his perfect life after being mistaken for a dangerous beast. Ferdinand refuses to fight and rallies his misfit friends to help him return home.  Inspired by the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, this heart-warming film was nominated for an academy award in 2018.

The book, written in 1936 by Munro Leaf, has inspired readers since it was first published with messages of nonviolence and pacifism. According to Penguin Random House, the book’s publisher, Adolf Hitler ordered the book be burned in Nazi Germany, and it was banned in Spain under the Franco regime. 

The lessons the film offer are timeless, encouraging youth to be true to themselves, stand up for their beliefs and those who are different than themselves and promote peaceful and inclusive societies (just like SDG 16).

Organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York to mark Human Rights Day, the screening will feature remarks by Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications; Mauro Vieira, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations; and Carlos Saldanha, Director, Producer and Animator at Blue Sky Studios.

Kimberly Mann, Chief of Education Outreach Section, will moderate a discussion with Mr. Saldanha following the screening.

Observed every year on 10 December, this year’s Human Rights Day will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.