• Shamiana specially screens short films for school children in Vadodara
     August 20th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    About 1,000 children from different schools of the city recently viewed short films made on the theme of Independence Day and freedom. The children aged between 10 and 16 years saw eight short films made by some local directors. The film screening was organized by Shamiana – a short film club that brings in local as well as international short films in the city regularly. The films were screened for free to motivate children and also spread awareness about different hues of freedom in the world. The audience also included children from under-privileged families. “We had chosen independence and freedom as a theme as we celebrated our I-day recently. The idea was to give them something to think about. We didn’t want to preach them about our independence and freedom fighters as they already get lessons in school,” Apsara Iyenger of Shamiana said.

    About 800 children from four schools including Don Bosco, Auxillium, St Kabir and Navrachna National were shown the films. “It was for the first time that Shamiana screened short films, especially for the children. We wanted to reach out to all classes of schoolchildren and entertain them as well,” Apsara told TOI.

    After the short films were screened, a short talk was also organized wherein the school children were asked what they thought about freedom and non-violence. The children came up with interesting answers and put forward their views on the themes.

    The club had also organized a similar short film screening at Faculty of Fine Arts on the I-day where about 150 children came in. “We showed a short film on Mahatma Gandhi that has made it to the Berlin short film festival and the kids loved it. We will be organizing more such film festivals in coming months,” Apsara said.