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Peport: Little Cinema Newsletter January-June 2017

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January-June 2017

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Dear friends,

Little Cinema—an initiative of People’s Film Collective— is a travelling movie theatre, screening engaging and meaningful cinema that provokes children and young adults to be imaginative and curious, to think for themselves and to question their surroundings.

It has been a very exciting six months for us at Little Cinema.  Mostly over the summer season, we organised and took part in 10 screenings in different locations, worked with different groups of children and young adults and overall, had a wonderful time! It was also a learning experience for us. As a part of our endeavour to not follow the "top down method", where adults talk down to children, without any real dialogue, we decided to give the children an opportunity to respond to the films, in any way they felt, through talking, through art or through prose. The outcome of this, as you will see in the photographs, has been really wonderful.

Our first screening was at the 4th Kolkata People’s Film Festival in January. The films screened included Nagraj Manjule’s Pistulya, Abbas Kiarostami’s Two Solutions for One Problem and The Boy, The Slum and The Pan’s Lids by Cao Hamburger. This was followed by the feature-length Matir Moina by Tareque Masud, and a session of "Chhobir Golpo"—stories around films—presented by Professor Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay.

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Our second screening was at Katjunagar Swarnamayee Vidyapith Higher Secondary School. Six short films, including The Accordion (Jafar Panahi), Chanda ke Jootey (Ektara Collective) and Pistulya (Nagraj Manjule) were screened.

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Our third screening, at the football grounds of Sundarpur Village, Khanakul, Hooghly district, saw a large gathering of children and women. The screen was set up in a paddy field, under the open sky. The audience enjoyed the films and even danced to the uplifting tune of Gaon Chodab Nahi (K P Sasi).

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April was a busy month. We began with a screening in Peyarabagan Basti on Charlie Chaplin’s birthday. The children really enjoyed themselves, not hesitating to voice their opinion.

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The second half of April saw Little Cinema travel to Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur district, where we screened films for three whole days, as part of the first-ever Raiganj Little Cinema Festival for children and young adults! We were hosted by the enthusiastic young adults' team of Raiganj Shishu-Kishor Cine Society, comprising of 40 odd students of ages 15-18 years. Enthused and excited on their discovery of 'new cinema', the youthful team decided to carry on the Little Cinema festival every year from now on.

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We also spent an afternoon with the girls at Shishur Sevay, New Alipore - a centre for girls with differential abilities. We screened films like Zoo (Bert Haanstra), Supermen of Malegaon (Faiza Ahmad Khan) and Little Terrorist (Ashvin Kumar) among others.

At Pareshnath Balika Vidyalaya, Dhakuria, we spent a delightful day screening films and interacting with the primary school going children. Having cinema screenings in their own school building was an exciting first for the children.

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The month of May saw two screenings. Little Cinema traveled to Kaikala, Hooghly, setting up screen, again, in a field. Invited by Kaikala Chetana, this was the second time we visited this village. The films screened included The Boy, The Slum, The Pan's Lids, Supermen of Malegaon and Neighbours.

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We also spent a day with the young women associated with Jeevika in Thakurpukur.  Here we screened Zoo, Two and Two, Hormones Ki Jaankari, among other films. Many of these films evoked strong responses from the young women, who drew parallels between what they saw on screen and their own lives.

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Our tenth and final screening before our break for the monsoons was at Nayek Colony, Dakshineshwar. We were invited by Sripalli Yuba Sangstha. Eight films were screened-including Zoo (Bert Haanstra), The Boy, the Slum and the Pan's Lids (Cao Hamburger), Neighbours (Norman McLaren) and Two (Satyajit Ray).

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It’s been a wonderful six months at Little Cinema. We are taking a break for the monsoon months, but cannot wait to start again in October for the winter season of Little Cinema! Do contact us if you wish to organise a screening at your school or locality in winter!

Write to us!

Warm regards,
Little Cinema Team

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PS:
For more detailed reports and photos, please check out this page: Little Cinema Gallery
For a detailed report of the Peyarabagan screening, click here: Peyarabagan on Chaplin's Birthday

For a detailed report of the screening at Kaikala village, click here: Little Cinema comes back to Kaikala!

Little Cinema

'Little Cinema' is a travelling movie theatre screening films for children and young adults. It is run by People's Film Collective, based in West Bengal.
https://www.facebook.com/LittleCinemaBengal/

Call us: +91-9163736863
Write to us: littlecinemabengal@gmail.com

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