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Reel war on teen suicide

If a picture can say a thousand words, a film with a positive message will definitely strike a deeper chord than lectures.

Keeping this in mind, students of Karim City College will gift the DVD of Crossroad — a 16-minute documentary based on three needy children of Kerala Samajam Hindi School who brave adversities of life and balance work and studies with smiling faces — to Jamshedpur-based suicide prevention centre Jeevan on Saturday.

Directed by alumnus Ajay Kumar, Crossroad conveys the message that if students, who don’t even have the basic necessities of life, can be happy, then why can’t their counterparts from well-to-do families.

The main reason for presenting such a DVD to Jeevan is to strengthen the crusade against student suicides in the city, where the malaise has assumed epidemic proportions. Jeevan can show this inspirational documentary to school and college students.

“We made the film last year. The idea was to show that there is a large section of people who have less resources and yet they are happy,” Kumar, who passed out from Karim City College in 2012 and made the film with a few others, said.

Produced and made under the banner of Karim City College, it has won a number of awards at film festivals.

It won the best documentary and the best script awards at a city-based short film competition last year and took home a cash prize of Rs 10,000. It also won the best documentary trophy at Cynosure — a prestigious festival hosted by St Xavier’s College, Ranchi.

Jeevan officials are happy to get such a gift. “We appreciate the initiative. Since we deal with stress and counselling programmes, we have observed that children from poor families are happier. I hope others learn from them,” said Jeevan director M. Ram.

The role of the Good Samaritans does not end with gifting the DVD.

The team, which had won the cash prize of Rs 10,000 at a short-film competition last year, will donate the amount to the three students of Kerala Samajam Hindi School who featured in the film.

“The money will be used for buying their study materials,” Kumar added.

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