Ken Loach’s Save the Children Film (1969) was originally commissioned by the charity but subsequently suppressed, until now, for its highly critical portrayal of the organisation’s work in Kenya, described by Loach as a ‘brazen act of near colonialism’. Following the film’s first ever public screening, Loach, producer Tony Garnett and Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth discuss the documentary, and its 42-year-ban.
Forsyth acknowledges Save the Children’s past mistakes, but highlights the charity’s subsequent successes. Loach draws parallels between the organisation’s initial response and that of the political right who, in his eyes, ‘don’t want to challenge what you say. They just want to stop you saying it’.