REPORT OF CFSI FILM SCREENING
AT NEHRU MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
Date: August 7, 2015
Venue: Activity Hall of Children Centre
No. of children: 100
School: N.P. Co-ed Sr. Sec. School, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi Municipal Corporation
On August 7, 2015 Nehru Learning Centre for Children and Youth organized a film screening at the Centre in collaboration with Children Film Society India. We screened a movie named “Heda Hoda” directed by Vinod Ganatra. Around 100 students of class 9th and 10th from NP Co-ed. Senior Secondary School, Ansari Nagar attended the screening along with their 5 teachers. The timings of the movie were from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.
The programme started with the team member of NLCCY, Komal Mathur welcoming the students and teachers at the Centre. They were introduced to the Centre and CFSI. It was shared that CFSI is an institute that was founded by Jawaharlal Nehru soon after independence for the promotion of films especially produced for children.
After this, the film was introduced and then it was played for the students. The film depicts the concept of borders that human beings erect and how no borders can be built upon the innocence of a child and the animals. During the movie, the students were seen discussing the scenes which kept them engrossed throughout the movie.
Once the screening got over, the students were engaged in a discussion related to the film. Firstly they were asked, what they felt about the film- they replied that film was very nice with an effective message which made them reflect on the tense situation of cross-borders existing. Then, they were asked, which was their favourite character or scene and why. The responses varied- Many students liked the character of herdsman Razak from Pakistan who helped Sonu when he was lost in Pakistan and how his family helped him to return back to India. One of the students liked the scene in which Sonu’s worried friend goes to the police station at night to file a missing complaint of Sonu. He shared his bonding with his friends too. A girl shared that she liked the affectionate relation Sonu shared with his sister in the film. The students even liked the scene in which Sonu sleeps with the camels to protect them. The next question was asked, what message did they get from the movie? The responses were- “We should always be truthful to our parents”, “We should be kind-hearted towards animals as they can also be our best friends”, “There should be no borders and just like birds that fly freely, people should also be set free to go anywhere”. At the end, students expressed that there should be no such concept of iss-par and uss-par. One of them even said that the way characters are portrayed of both the countries, Pakistan and India should soon come together leaving all the borders behind.
The session ended by acknowledging the students for their active participation in the discussion and then they left the Centre with a new ways of looking at the sensitive issue of borders.