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Film Screening: The Beginning of Life
June 16, 2016Washington DC

Join us for the screening of “The Beginning of Life,” a groundbreaking feature documentary exploring how we can create better and more prosperous societies by investing in young children. The 90-minute film uncovers the impact of early environment on cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as the policies and structures that help or hinder families in raising healthy, happy and successful children. Filmed across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Kenya and the United States, the documentary combines a diverse set of life stories with expert interviews, including Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman and neuroscientist Patricia Kuhl.

Watch the trailer.

  • Estela Renner

    Film Director
    Estela Renner worked in the film industry and got her Masters in Motion Pictures, specializing in directing and screenplay. She worked as an editor for MGM, she wrote and directed short films (that won prizes in Los Angeles) and also Sitcoms. In Brazil, she directed campaigns for MasterCard, Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, Axe, Itaú (bank), Sundown, and many others. For television, she directed and wrote 12 episodes for the sitcom Mano a Mano, starring the actor Leandro Firmino. She also directed, with the director Tadeu Jungle, the series Amores Expressos, that was shot in Irland, Cuba, Mexico, India, Buenos Aires, and many others. This TV show was aired from May to August 2011, by TV Cultura. As a screenwriter she adapted the book Miguel e os Demônios, from the author Lourenço Mutarelli, for the big screen. And, again with Tadeu Jungle, she wrote the episode “Ela Faz Cinema” from the series Amor em Quatro Atos that was aired in January 2011, by Globo. As a documentarist, Estela is the director and screenwriter of the polemic documentary – Criança, a Alma do Negócio – that questions the effects in the quality of the children’s childhood and formation made by the publicity directed to them. In 2012, Estela premiered Muito Além do Peso, a documentary about the children obesity epidemic in Brazil and the rest of the world.
  • Keith Hansen

    VP Human Development Practice Group, World Bank
    Keith Hansen is the Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank Group, overseeing the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and labor. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hansen was one of the co-vice presidents for all of the Global Practices responsible for the setup and oversight of the Bank Group’s new operating model, which aimed at bringing together the best expertise from across the institution and from partners to help tackle countries’ most complex development challenges. In that role, he was also responsible for the oversight of the Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which focus the WBG's efforts and resources on achieving ambitious targets in key priority areas such as gender and jobs. Mr. Hansen also served as acting vice president for the World Bank’s Human Development Network. He was the human development director for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for the Bank's activities in education; health, nutrition, and population; and social safety nets in the region. Previously, in his role as head of the AIDS Campaign Team for Africa, Mr. Hansen spearheaded the Bank's renewed approach to the epidemic. He holds a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, a law degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University.
Event Information
  • Location: World Bank J Bldg Auditorium - 701 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433