Les Misérables for a worthy cause

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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FAMILY Planning Association (FAMPLAN) Jamaica hosted the premiere of Les Misérables at the Palace Cineplex at Sovereign Centre in Liguanea, St Andrew, on Tuesday.

It was part of a fundraising effort by the association.

"We've been waiting for two years for this opportunity," said Sonia Folkes, board chairman and president FAMPLAN.

"Since we are a non-governmental organisation, we are not supported by government funds but by the charity of private donors, and Jamaican and overseas organisations."

Les Misérables, set in 19th century France, also saw French Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Madame Ginette de Matha in attendance.

"There is a sense of social relevance," she said, citing the link between the movie and FAMPLAN Jamaica.

Les Misérables stars Hollywood heavyweights Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Ann Hathaway. The story brings to life French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo's tale of God, country and man, but retains at its essence the bond of family as Fantine daughter (Hathaway), is adopted and raised to marriage by Jean Valjean (Jackman) amidst the turmoil of 19th century France. Fantine's plight, as single mother struggling to raise her child still holds resonance to this day.

Started in 1939 as the Jamaica Birth Control League to address the fertility decisions of women, FAMPLAN Jamaica has offices in Kingston, St James and St Ann.




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