On Monday 29th June, Panasonic hosted the world premiere
screening of Little Fire, a documentary by New Zealand filmmaker
Sam Matthews which covers Medicine Mondiale's inspiring and
Every year, millions on babies die in third world countries
because they don't have access to neonatal incubators. Little Fire
covers the work of Philanthropist Sir Ray Avery and his
organisation Medicine Mondiale in Nepal.
Sir Ray and Medicine Mondiale pioneered the innovative LifePod
incubator, designed to work in the hostile developing world
environment. LifePod's purify their own water and run for up to ten
years for a fraction of the cost of existing incubators.
Inspired by a TV appearance made by Sir Ray Avery, student and
budding filmmaker Sam Matthews contacted Sir Ray asking how he
could get involved with the project. The pair agreed that their
mission needed some more exposure and Sam was tasked with creating
a documentary on the raw reality in Nepal.
Panasonic were approached by Sam asking for help to film Sir
Ray's incredible work in Nepal. The Panasonic team were inspired by
Sam and gave him a LUMIX DMC-GH3 camera body and lenses to shoot
Sir Ray Avery would like the Little Fire documentary to empower
New Zealanders to make a change and that New Zealanders are willing
to do great things.
"We can change the world. There's nothing more empowering in
terms of being able to change something. I'm hopeful we'll be able
to capture what I've seen many times with a baby coming back from
one of the villages who's preterm. They've taken the baby on a bus,
they get it to the hospital and they try and revive it and the baby
dies because they don't have access to an incubator or the right
nutritional products. We can change that. I think we're a better
society than that" says Sir Ray Avery.
Working closely with Sam and Sir Ray has greatly inspired the
team at Panasonic New Zealand to get behind their incredible work
and help make a difference. CLICK HERE to find out more about Medicine
Mondiale, LifePod incubators and how you can help keep little