Early Education

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Chinh International Media Camp
Children Jury from SAARC Member States

1. Basket Bronx (14 minutes)         
Martin Rosete (Spain)
"Alex is an African-American kid from the Bronx who dreams of playing basketball as his idols. However, the gang of older guys in the neighborhood keeps reminding him that he cannot. One day Kiat, a newly arrived Chinese girl, appears in his life 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."      

2. My Homework Ate My Dog (15 minutes)
Crystal Page (USA)

"When the lying Lyle Licketti comes into school claiming that his homework ate his dog, no one will believe him because he's always lying. Poor grades, lies and irrationality cause his teacher, Mrs. Cee, to send him first into the hallway and then to the principal's office. He must break out of the principal's office; persuade his class to flee before it’s too late..."  

3. Jungle Gang (16 minutes)
Krishnendu Bose (India)

The jungle gang meets the Rhino is the first episode of the series “The Jungle Gang”. It is the first wildlife Indian film that has been made exclusively for Children. The perspective of the film is to expose them to the diverse wild flora and fauna of India and encouraging them to actively participate in wildlife conservation.

The film has three animated wild animal characters- Bar Headed Geese, Slender Loris and a Black Buck. As three friends, they travel together to Kaziranga National Park, to know more about the Great Indian Rhinoceros, its habitat, threats and conservations efforts, which have saved it from extinction.

4. Nagara Nyrmalya (11minutes)
B Jayashree, GS Bhaskar, Leo Saldanha (India)

Solid waste or garbage strewn all over is common in any Indian city. Nagara Nyrmalya addresses the complex issues involved in solid waste management and the problems faced by pourakarmikas (Solid waste workers or safai Karamcharis) in their effort to maintain healthy neighborhoods in the city.

This entertaining human drama presents the efforts of Santhimmi, a Pourakarmika, as she motivates people in her neighborhood to adapt safe solid waste management techniques. The film highlights how such small efforts could vastly improve our approach towards solid waste management in cities.

5. Namma Ooru Chandadooru (18 minutes)
B Jayashree, GS Bhaskar, Leo Saldanha (India)

Using the folk form of story telling, Jogiratta; this film highlights the importance of waste segregation.  The film follows a king, who bemoaned by his daughter’s illness, announces her marriage to the person who brings ‘Sanjeevani’ the mythical herb to cure the princess. Three brothers ventures forth. But while greed causes doom to the two elder brothers, who try to cheat the youngest brother, the youngest is blessed for his good intentions. He obtains Sanjeevani and cures the princess.
Drawing an analogy between Sanjeevani, and the 3 baskets meant for segregating wastes, the princess and the ecosystem, the heroic younger brother and the common man, the ‘sutradhar’ and the narrator drives home in an effective manner, the importance of waste segregation before disposal.

6. "What Makes Me Happy - Angelina's Film, South Sudan" (13 minutes 41 seconds)          
Annie Gibbs (UK
'"What Makes Me Happy?” is a series of short films about children's natural right to happiness captured by disadvantaged children themselves.  The Ragdoll Foundation concluded that there was a real need to offset the negative effect of images regularly reaching children as part of their everyday lives through television in particular.  Child audiences need to have the opportunity to measure their own lives against the lives of others living in more challenging conditions.  Angelina's Film, South Sudan shows Angelina and her friends taking the family’s precious calves to graze, but while playing, they lose the calves.  Faced with this terrifying dilemma they are too scared to return home!  They search and search but will they get the calves home by daybreak?"   

7. Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana (14 minutes 38 seconds)
Ken Kimmelman (USA)

"Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana is based on the 'Nation' prize poem written in 1924 by Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism.  Recorded by the poet, the film takes us on a wonderful and meaningful odyssey throughout the world. 'Hot Afternoons’ is  a dramatic and colorful montage combining still photographs, computer art, and live-action to show how a hot afternoon in Montana is related to the whole world--people, places, things, events.  It so deeply honors the earth--its land, its history, its people, and makes the past, and the feelings of people alive!."   

8. The new scarf (32 minutes)
Ayodhyakumar Krishnamsetty (USA)

The new scarf follows the 14 year old high school drop out, Peter, who spends most of his days at a skateboard Park until, after a chance meeting; Peter encounters an unexpected moment of truth.

9. Morrison gets a baby sitter (1 hour 11minutes 30 seconds)
Bos Bros. (Netherlands)

10. Milagros (24 minutes)
Kara Sachs (USA)

 A young boy searches for his dead mother through Our Lady of Guadalupe, and through the purity of his heart heals an entire village.

11. In Control(5 minutes)
Ana de Lara (Canada)

A young boy resorts to his remote control in order to deal with the painful experience of domestic violence. In Control speaks volumes without the use of dialogue, allowing the viewer to share the voicelessness of the child; and in the silence, to witness the grace of imagination.

12. Priya (5 minutes)
Shobhan Babu(India)

A non- fiction story about a kinder garden Kid who feels that her emotions are orphans, even though she lives with her parents.

13. How to become a doctor (15 minutes)
Cathy Spierenburg & Gopal Pradhan (Netherlands)

In this film we see many children learn about being a doctor, and how to become one in 15 minutes. This 15 minute episode is very interesting and educational for children.

14. Eyes and Dreams (11 minutes)

A 6 year old girl is fascinated by glass marbles (KANCHE). While going to school she is always tempted by jar of marbles in one shop.One day when she was supposed to give Rs. 20.0 to her teacher for zoo visit, she purchases the marbles with that money and is extremely happy. With fear of losing marbles she had a nightmare that her classmates have stolen the marbles and playing with them. When her mother gets to know that she gets very angry, but when she finds marbles inside the school bag she is surprised! Little girl smiles innocently and looks at mother with a bit of guilt, but mother smiles too…