Roshan Ali with his prize.
Picture by Arnab Mondal
Go out and live the dream was the message for the La Martiniere boys from their principal. And they did just that, giving expression to their dreams, along with a bunch of students from other city schools, through the visual medium.
Phoenix — a short film-making competition hosted by The Readers’ Club of La Martiniere for Boys saw students sharing their vision of the world.
“I congratulate you for all the beautiful films you made. We have made a start, a first step to making a change in your lives. This is our way of introducing you to a world away from textbooks and classrooms. This is a chance to know yourself better and discover the power within you to make something beautiful. Go out and live that dream,” said principal Sunirmal Chakravarthi.
The competition was split into three categories with a separate theme for each — My School, My World for students of classes VI-VIII, Windows for classes IX-X and Half the Sky — Empowerment to Women for classes XI and XII.
La Martiniere boy Syed Roshan Ali won a special mention for his film, The Run.
The film begins with a boy being chased by another all around school after a fight. The chaser injures himself in the middle of the chase and the other helps him to the infirmary. The twin themes of friendship and forgiveness struck a chord with the audience and judges alike.
“The kids have come up with some remarkable works. A film fest like this is a window to minds of the youth. I’m very glad this is going to be an annual affair at LMB from now on,” said Susmita Chakraborty, senior English teacher and a judge.
Soojata Gan of Calcutta Girls’ High School also won a special award for her film, Windows. “We didn’t want to stereotype the window. Anything can be a good window — a conversation, good music, a letterbox, a computer…. It has a lot of metaphorical readings which we have highlighted in our film,” said the Class IX student.
Readers’ Club president Riyan Vatcha was happy at the success of the fest. “The film fest has been a success and that is the most satisfying thing for me. It will give a platform to all budding filmmakers at the school level,” said the Class XII boy.