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Of Interest: (From left) DBICA director Fr. Harris, Mathi group MD M.S. Vadivel, Don Bosco institutional chairman Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu and actor Devayani Raajakumaran at the launch of the International Children’s Film Festival in Chennai on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Thanthoni
Of Interest: (From left) DBICA director Fr. Harris, Mathi group MD M.S. Vadivel, Don Bosco institutional chairman Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu and actor Devayani Raajakumaran at the launch of the International Children’s Film Festival in Chennai on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Thanthoni

Staff Reporter

Pictures from different countries to be shown to students

CHENNAI: Feature films that are made often make children forget that they are children and push them into the world of adulthood before they are prepared for it, Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu, chairman of the Don Bosco institutions, said here on Tuesday.

He was speaking at the inauguration of an International Children’s Film Festival organised by the Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts (DBICA).

“There is exaggerated violence and sometimes, there are good social messages in films…but it is human nature to like whatever is interesting, glamorous and sleazy,” he said.

Commending the DBICA for organising an exclusive festival of films for children, he said the list of films being screened in the festival were child-centric, focussing on fun, friendship and genuine affection.

Cricketer Dinesh Karthik, alumnus of the school, recalled his student days there that were filled with fun.

Actor Devayani Raajakumaran, guest of honour, told children to “study hard, have lot of fun and enjoy. “It is sad that not many films for the children are made in our film industry. I hope more children’s films are made,” she said.

Film director Alagappan, whose children’s film ‘Vannathupoochi’ will hit the cinemas soon, said children were often burdened with academic pressure and lose out on playtime and fun.

Films from different countries, focussing on children, were to be screened to the audience that largely comprised middle school students from different city schools. Managing director of Mathi group of Industries M.S. Vadivel and principal of the school Fr. Jayaprakash Reddy were among others present.

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