Archive for the ‘CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL’ Category

Chinh Media Literacy Film Productions at Columbia University, New York

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The most avid media makers today are not professionals but young people who are actively engaging with their worlds. The biggest manufacturer of cameras today is not Nikon or Canon but makers of cellphones. As members of the Informational Society the youth of the industrialized world are digital users, creators and consumers. In today’s world media offers an historical opportunity to generate and distribute information motivating young people and facilitating interaction. Knowledge is not anymore something that is kept and then transmitted to the students, but something that can be collectively created and shared.

Chinh Founders Meenakshi Vinay Rai presented their Media Literacy Work at Conversations Across Cultures: Youth Media Visions on 12th-13th April 2013 which highlights newly emerging cultures and explores the pedagogic potentialities of learning with and from media produced by young people. Jordi Torrent, Project Manager, UNAoC and Dr. Judith Burton, Professor of Art and Art Education, commented on CHINH’s Media Literacy project as “pathbreaking and futuristic media literacy project in school settings showing potential grounds for interdisciplinary approach using media helping educators and young students”.

If you are in New York, you can watch the films at
Teachers College, Columbia University ( 12th – 19th April 2013)
Macy Art Gallery
525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027
Also the films are available on [Chinh Early Education Web Channel]

The wonder years

Posted: February 1, 2011 in CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL

The wonder years
Veenu Sandhu / New Delhi December 12, 2010

Films of the children, by the children.
What emotional upheavals does a boy go through when he discovers the first hair of his moustache? What does a girl who’s been bullied do when she sees another child being pushed around? How does a child cope when people mock her because she’s fat?

These, and many such complex subjects, come up at the Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) in the form of films by children in the age group of four to 12. Among them is The Children of Nomads which explores the cultural differences between city and nomadic children by bringing them together. Children as young as six, like Shruti Rai, were involved in the making of this 10-minute national award winning film. “We shot the movie in Rajasthan where I also got to learn the Kalbelia dance,” says Shruti.

The film, like the others, is a result of workshops held by the Chinh Early Education Web Channel for a series called ‘Growing Up’. “More than being a learning experience for children, these films have helped adults to understand children growing in this culture of conflict,” say film and culture activist couple Meenakshi Vinay Rai, also founders of Chinh.

The festival also brings one of India’s first pre-school documentaries, Raghu’s World, which captures the many moods of a two-and-a-half-year old boy who has found some kittens in a shop. Then there are films that just happened. Like The Centipede by 13-year-old twins Chirayu and Chirantan Prahlad. “We were outside the National Museum of Natural History when we came across this centipede,” says Chirantan, a Class VII student of Sanskriti School, Delhi. For the next few minutes, the centipede became their star.

“Children’s films are being screened at DIAF for the first time,” says festival’s director Pratibha Prahlad. The idea, she says, is to harness children’s creativity as early as possible “because art makes us better human beings”.

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Ley Ley – Parvis Valavioun (Germany)
Samarion is 6 years old and lives with her mother. On a sunny day her mother sends Samarion to the bakery. On the way she plays a children’s game Ley Ley (painted boxes hop and jump)! While coming back from buying, she meets Heinz (an old homeless person),who is hungry & begs for a donation! Samarion gives him not only bread but grapes and an apple! (11 min. 40 seconds)

Schafmatt – Albert Radl (Germany)
Once, there was a sheep who ate the whole day. But what happens if it won’t have had enough and never gets full. It continues eating….
This is a metaphorical story about sheep eating and destroying its environment. (3 minutes 36 seconds)

La Quela – Liz Lobato (Spain)
Set in Spain, 1920, in a village of La Mancha; a little girl called La Quela sees a cardboard Doll for the first time & wants it badly. Her family can’t possible afford it. One day her little friend & neighbour come running to show her a brand new cardboard doll which her parents brought her. (11 minutes 10 seconds)

Brave Munni – Praveen Singh Rathore (India)
This is the story of a school going orphan girl who lives with her grandmother. The film deals with her everyday life, her fears of spirits & ghosts which are planted in her. The film shows how she overcomes them and gains confidence. (7 minutes 43 seconds)

Stark Hear Me Out – Gerog Bussek (Germany)
(from Emotions Pictures Greece Package)
Kevin Piwonka is thirteen years of age. Kevin likes talking and if you let him talk – he talks a lot. But again and again he gets interrupted and he can’t finish what he wants to say because Kevin stutters. (15 minutes)

Basket Bronx – Martin Rosette ( Spain)
“Alex is an African-American kid from the Bronx who dreams of playing basketball. However, the gang of older guys in the neighborhood reminds him that he cannot. One day Kiat, a Chinese girl, appears and using some Zen philosophy teaches him to overcome his fears, to enjoy life as much as possible and to stop worrying about his results.”(14 minutes)

Jungle Gang – Krishnendu Bose(India)
Film aims to expose children to diverse wild flora & fauna of India. (16 minutes)

APAK(Barefoot)Rommel Tolentino(Philippines)
A boy with no slippers dreams of playing a game of ‘hit-the-can’. (6 minutes)

Abdullah’s Story – Raheel Waqar (Pakistan)
This film is a story about a young boy, Abdullah who’s blind by birth & isolated by the family. Abdullah however has special abilities – Strong power of retention & sensation. One day Abdullah’s brother gets ill & no one’s at home besides his mother. The setting of the film is in areas with rough mountainous terrains & mothers don’t leave their homes. (10 minutes)

A little step – Sunil Kalmady & Pushparaj (India)
It’s a simple story of three friends who help a poor laborer child to join their school. The film has been shot using handheld digital photo camera, using stop motion animation technique. (18 minutes)

Lea – Fanny Berthiaume (Canada)
“Lea awakes to the sounds of children playing on a beautiful sunny morning. But as she reaches out of bed and towards the window, a bitter reminder strikes her. Luckily she can still find a friend within the confines of her room…” (2 minutes 54 seconds)

Rohan’s Moustache – Chinh Children Lucknow (India)
Expressions – Chinh Rural WebJournalists (India)
Mangyan – ANAK TV & Plan Philippines (Philippines)
Nachiketa – Chinh child Delhi (India)