On December 10th, in recognition of International Human Rights Day and of the award to the European Union of 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, the Delegation of the European Union in Jamaica supported the first public screening of the documentary, 'Songs of Redemption' at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility (General penitentiary – GP). The screening took place before an audience of 340 inmates and at the presence of Commissioner of Corrections Prendergast, of the Ambassador of Spain Celsa Nuño and a representative of the British High Commission
The film, produced by Spanish national Nando Garcia-Guereta, documents through the experience of a group of inmates of the Tower Street prison the circumstances that brought them in conflict with the law, the challenges they face daily but also the hope that the EU supported rehabilitation programme is nurturing, by allowing them to get training and express themselves through music and lyrics.
Speaking at the morning's screening, EU Head of Delegation, Ambassador Paola Amadei stressed the historic importance of the Nobel Peace Prize recognizing the EU contribution for over six decades to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights She went further to affirm that the EU support of human rights and fundamental freedoms is not limited to December 10th - "it is not just one day in the year – the commitment of the European Union promoting peace, democracy and human rights is an everyday commitment and one that does not stop at the border of the EU". Plans are under way to present the documentary to a wider audience during the month of February as part of the Reggae Month celebrations.
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