Films for every child

FOR QUITE sometime, Chennai did not have a film festival. This `dry run' is going to be broken shortly.

A weeklong `film festival' will be held in the middle of this month. The films to be screened are meant to bring a smile on the faces of underprivileged children.

Organised on the initiative of the Tamil Nadu chapter of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW-TN), this festival, featuring seven movies, will be a treat that every child will relish, according to the organisers.

The NGO, established nearly five decades ago, conducts various types of programmes to fit the needs of children. It runs a `child rights unit' and a wing for advocacy, awareness and networking. A scheme on prevention of child beggary is one of the new projects of the ICCW.

Held for the last four years, the film festival brings together children of different colours and hues. This time, the films to be screened are of a special variety. One film centres on the American novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs's character — the person having a kinship with animals. Another is on the `lost animals' — dinosaurs. To suit the tastes of children, five of the movies are animated films.

Starting on July 15, the festival will screen `Dunston Checks In', `Anastasia', `Tarzan', `Bug's Life', `Toy Story-2', `Jurassic Park-2', and `Ice Age'. All will be screened at Woodland Theatre, Royapettah. Tickets are available at Odyssey and Landmark. For more information, contact `Media Mix' at 4917941/4910261.

By Ramakrishnan T.

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