Guess what? an exciting subject can be on your syllabus soon.
What do you think of the idea of having “films and film-making” as a subject in school? Sounds cool? Well, the 16th International children's film festival brought together grown ups who discussed the topic “Film making in Education”. They did so in the ‘Open Forum' – a platform where a panel of people came together and discussed the topic. The award-winning actor Revathy, the writer and creative director Amol Gupte, Ashish Vidyarthi the actor, Jerna Hangs from Germany and Ananya from the child jury, all unanimously agreed that the idea of having film-making as part of the curriculum was a great one and should be considered! Phoran Devi the moderator for the discussion (one who co-ordinates between the panelists and the audience) is herself a teacher and her school has been successfully employing film-making in the school.
Revathy spoke of an interesting experience in Auroville in Tamil Nadu where local school children were trained in fundamental aspects through a workshop. She was all praise for the amazing mini-films children ended up making as an outcome of the workshop. “Children got to display their creativity through a modern medium of art”, she said.
Amol Gupte who has actually conducted similar workshops in Mumbai, screened a 10-minute film made by the municipal school children and made the same point as Revathy. “Film making empowers children to tell their own stories and for these children it equips them with professional qualifications that could well land them a job in the film world”, were the points Amol had. Ashish Vidyarthi voiced that film-making will bring out the creativity and free thinking of each child, the individuality of the child.
While these were the voices of adults who were committed to films and children, the children's voices were heard too. Ananya from the child jury said “Films are fun and a new language in themselves”.
Another child Jyosthna, from a municipal school in Hyderabad came forward to ask the panelists if inspiring films would be made for children like her who live in the slums! Amol immediately responded with his movie and told her that through films she can come up and inspire others ( much like the children whose movie was screened) and she need not then have to wait for a film-maker to tell an inspirational story to motivate her!
A good discussion in indeed for hopeful new beginnings…so don't be surprised if films are part of your syllabus soon!