Children, parents in Twin City throng International Children’s Film Festival

Cuttack/Bhubaneswar: Little ones in the Twin City are in for a treat of popular children movies from around the globe this summer vacation.

Children along with their parents are gathering in good numbers at the Bakul Libraries at Satya Nagar, Bhubaneswar and Tulasipur, Cuttack where these choicest international children movies are being simultaneously screened.

Bakul Foundation, an Odisha based NGO is organising the fest with an aim to provide its viewers a multi-cultural exposure. “The main idea behind the film festival is to provide the school going kids an exposure to world cinema which they mostly don’t get,” said Sujit Mahapatra of the Foundation.

The response from both children and their parents is very good. Although it rained on Day one of the festival but many children had gathered at our Bhubaneswar library and thoroughly enjoyed screening of the Iranian film ‘Children of Heaven.’

— Sujit Mahapatra

Among the international films like the ‘Children of Heaven’ and ‘Red Dog’ are few Indian films like Nila Madhav Panda’s ‘Jalpari’ in Hindi and Satyajit Ray’s Bengali fantasy movie ‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’

“I have come here to watch Australian movie ‘Red Dog.’ I love dogs and looking forward to have a great time here,” said Adarsh, a class V student of Sai International School.

Apart from screening of films, the organisers are also holding an interactive session for the kids where they are asked different questions related to the films. Efforts are also being made to encourage the kids to read books.  The nine-day festival that began on June 2 will conclude on Sunday.