“Mikey and Jools Keep Safe” the animated film for children commissioned by the CEDAR was shortlisted by the Film Festival for Women in Korea.
The Korea Women’s Hotline is an NGO created for the protection, empowerment, and progression of women based in Seoul, Korea. “Mikey and Jools Keep Safe” was shortlisted to be shown at the 6th Annual Film Festival this year. It’s a great opportunity for this five minute film, informing children how to protect themselves if they are in unsafe situations, to be viewed internationally.
It provides an opportunity to consider safety planning and can be a starting point for children to talk about their experiences. Once the film has ended the children are asked how they are feeling, some can find it upsetting and difficult, and it may make them sad. The children are asked how it felt watching the film. The end of the film is deliberately left ‘open’ to explore what might happen next. For example, what happened to dad after the police were called? This allows children to talk about their own experiences.
Mikey and Jools keep safe effectively communicates the following important messages to young children:
• You can trust your own feelings
• It isn’t selfish to take care of yourself
• You don’t have to stay in situations that feel unsafe
• You can make decisions and take action that will lead you to safety
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“Mikey and Jools Keep Safe” was written by Martin McCrardie (River City, Shameless), animated by the artist Nikki Godley and produced by media co-op.