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Children’s Film Society, India organised special screenings of CFSI films at National Society For Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped, India (NASEOH, INDIA).

NASEOH – Concept of creating an umbrella organization emerged as a result of conference held in 1968 on “Rehabilitation of the Differently-abled”, group of eminent professionals, Doctors, Social Workers came together to establish – National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped, a society with great vision to serve the cause of persons with disabilities’ issues like concerning the differently-abled in the area of Education, Vocational Training, Employment & advocacy with vision to promote equal opportunities, better social order, and economic justice.

With intention to bring lighter moments in the life of special children as well as to encourage them, CFSI organised special screening for special children of CFSI films viz. Maa..aa, Choo Lenge Akash and films made on ‘Cleanliness’ by Little Directors’.

Synopsis of film ‘Choo Lenge Akash’

Sonu, a hardworking student, is a leader among her circle of friends despite her handicap caused by a polio attack. She meets a wise, old nomadic shepherd (Parikshit Sahni) who instills in her mind the idea that every mountain is meant to be crossed. Hence, despite her handicap, she harbours a secret longing to climb a mountain. Once when the villagers accuse Gagan, the village prankster who is always at odds with Sonu, she proves his innocence. Moved by this act, Gagan asks what he can do to repay her. Sonu tells him of her secret desire and Gagan promises to help. But does Sonu have it in her to cross the mountain of her own disability?

To mark an important event in the life of Mahatma Gandhiji i.e. ‘Birth of Satyagraha’ on 11th September, 1906 in South Africa and to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, CFSI in association with various NGOs/Organisations screened ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’ alongwith short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ were screened on 11th September, 2019 in Maharashtra and Bihar States.

Also, shows were telecast virtually through EDUSAT Network, Haryana whereby schools students of Govt. schools in all districts of Haryana were benefitted.

Brief Synopsis of film ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’

Mahatma Gandhi is considered the father of the nation. His principles of justice, truth and non-violence left a lasting impression on the world. This film aims to inspire kids towards these principles by depicting the life of Gandhi through photographs and exquisite dolls.

More than 10 lakhs child audiences were benefitted.

On the occasion of commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji and to mark important event in the life of Mahatma Gandhiji i.e. 2nd Round Table Conference held on 7th September, 1931 in London, CFSI in association with various NGOs/Organisations screened ‘26th January’ alongwith short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ were screened on 7th September, 2019 in Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Thane, Akola, Patna and Gaya districts.

Shows were also organised through EDUSAT Network of Haryana State covering all districts in Haryana.

More than 10 lakhs children enjoyed watching the films.

Each year September 8th marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy.

CFSI in an effort to bring awareness on literacy, screened its film ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ directed by Virendra Saini in association with various NGOs in schools in Akola and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra, Centres of Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Patna and Gaya, and also the film was virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

A short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ based on principles of Mahtama Gandhiji and films made by children based on ‘Cleanliness’ were also screened.

Brief Synopsis of CFSI film ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’

Eight year old Robin has an extraordinary way with numbers. He uses his gift for calculation to help his village folks. His happy world is shattered when his uncle Joe and aunt Sheila, a sly couple aware of his mathematical genius, convince his innocent parents to send him to town for better education. The couple exploit him with live, ticketed shows where Robin solves complex mathematical problems…

13 shows were organised and more than 20 lakhs child audiences were benefited.

Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated on 5th September every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan – First Vice President of India and the Second President of India and an educationist at heart.

On every September 5, Teacher’s Day is celebrated all over India as an occasion to appreciate and acknowledge the efforts and hard work of our teachers in moulding us to be a sophisticated and responsible citizens. 

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, CFSI film ‘Masterji’ directed by Durga Khote and Nilkanth Magdum was screened by CFSI in association with various NGOs in schools in Thane, Akola and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra State and Centres of Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Patna, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur and also the film was virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

A short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ based on principles of Mahtama Gandhiji and films made by children based on ‘Cleanliness’ were also screened.

Brief Synopsis of CFSI film ‘Masterji’

Three orphaned children get drawn to a retired school teacher due to his love and affection towards them. Inspired by him, they try to turn their lives around and make a living by selling toys while Masterji educates them. In a competition, the work of the three children is seen and honored for being the most skilled. Masterji’s skill at guiding the kids in the right direction is also recognized and he is asked to teach in his old school again. In a gentle tone, the film not only talks about the importance of right guidance in the life of children, but also the importance of teachers in doing so.

16 shows were conducted and more than 10 lakhs children enjoyed watching the films.

CFSI in association with Tender Roots Academy of Performing Arts, a unique project specially conceptualized to introduce children to the vast treasure of performing arts from India and the World amongst the younger generation, organized one show of CFSI animation film ‘Krish, Trish and Baltiboy’ (KTB) on 17th August, 2019, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, Museum on Wheels.

Brief Synopsis:

Krish the cat, Trish the monkey and Baltiboy the donkey – three lovable storytellers take you on a colourful and exotic journey of Indian folktales to Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab, while you enjoy their antics that lighten up the screen in this wonderfully crafted animation.

45 children enjoyed watching ‘Krish, Trish and Baltiboy’.

Mr. Munjal Shroff, director of film was invited to interact with little audience about animation, music and art.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

“A sound mind in a sound body”

…proverbs.

Education and sports should be considered as two eyes of a person. While insisting on good Education, we should insist on good physical activities also.

As a part of “FIT INDIA MOVEMENT”, CFSI had organized film screening of the film “The Goal” in various schools. This is a film based on foot ball. To encourage, or rather to attract the children to sports and to make them understand the importance of physical activity, this sports based film was screened to them.

The film was screened at MES Razeena HSS, Chennai (TN), KV-Mahabubnagar (Telangana), KV-Hubli (Karnataka), KV2 – AFA, Dundigal (Telangana), KV – Thrissur (Kerala), KV-ASC Centre, Bangalore (Kar), KV-Kochi (Ker), KV-Kanjikode, Palakkad (Ker)

Indians observes the Birth Anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand –  the most respected legendary in Indian National Sports HOCKEY  on 29th August as ‘National Sports Day’.

CFSI offered respect to Major Dhyan Chand on “National Sports Day” by conducting multiple screening of CFSI film on sports – ‘The Goal’ directed by Gul Bahar Singh starring Irfan Khan, Manoj Mitra, , Punja, Darshan Gupta.

Brief Synopsis:

An ace soccer coach Anupam (Irfan Khan) finds great talent in the shabby Manu and gives him a chance to play in his team. Manu returns this confidence by working hard and proving his talent for the game. When Coach Anupam decides to put him in the final team, the other team members resist as Manu belongs to a lower caste and his father is in prison for theft. Not wanting to let such a talent die, Anupam puts Manu in a competitive soccer team.

Alongwith film “THE GOAL”, children also enjoyed the screening of films made by children based on ‘Cleanliness’ and a short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ based on principles of Mahtama Gandhiji.

The shows were conducted by CFSI in various schools, in association with NGOs at Observation Home and Children Home in Maharshtra, Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Patna & Gaya and also the films were screened on EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

14 shows were conducted covering 20,01,799 audiences.

To celebrate “National Sports Day” CFSI Delhi has screened sports based  film “The Goal” with the co-ordination of Saathi Centre,Kalayanpuri, Delhi.  Two short films Vaishnav Jan and Master ki Class short were screened before the main film. About 240 children (140 Boys & 100 Girls) were catered in two shows.

‘World Senior Citizen’s Day’ was celebrated by CFSI on 21st August, 2019 by screening CFSI film ‘Nani Maa’ directed by Parvathi Menon, a 90 minutes feature film produced by CFSI in the year 1980.

Brief Synopsis of CFSI film ‘Nani Maa’

A king looking for the map of a hidden treasure finds it in the back of a framed picture in grandmothers’ home. Realizing that some unscrupulous people are also in search of the map, he tears it into two, giving one to her for safekeeping. She hides it in her old gramophone box, unaware that a dacoit is watching her. She gets kidnapped and her grandsons try to find her even as the king’s wicked cousin hires a magician to find the location of the map.

This film was screened by CFSI in association with various NGOs in schools in Maharashtra, Centres of Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Patna, Gaya, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur and also the film was virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

A short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ based on principles of Mahtama Gandhiji and films made by children based on ‘Cleanliness’ were also screened.

More than 20 lakhs children enjoyed watching the films.

CFSI celebrated ‘World Photography Day’ by screening CFSI film ‘Foto’ directed by Virendra Saini starring Naseerudin Shah, Arjun, Tom Alter, Astha Verma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Geeta Sharma.

It is a story of Eleven year old Foto has a strong imagination and lives in his own world of fantasy. Other kids consider him strange since he does not interact with them. One day, a film unit comes to his hilly town to shoot. Foto is mesmerized to see the magicians create rain and lightening, image and colour, and sound and music at their will. A new world full of thrills, adventure and discovery opens up for him.

Alongwith film “ FOTO”, children also enjoyed the screening of films made by children based on ‘Cleanliness’ and a short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ based on principles of Mahtama Gandhiji conducted by CFSI in various schools of Maharashtra, in association with NGOs and also these films were screened at Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Patna, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur and also the film was virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

20 shows were conducted covering 20,03,200 audiences.

CFSI film Pappu ki Pugdandi – A story of young Pappu who meets a genie, he thinks all his problems will be taken care of but the genie had had other plans for him which make Pappu realize that there are no shortcuts to happiness and he identifies his own strength, was screened alongwith a short animation film based on Mahatma Gandhiji ‘Vaishnav Jan To’  at St. Jude India Childcare Centre, Cotton Green, Mumbai on 23rd August, 2019 for children with cancer –  the  underprivileged children away from home for their treatment for cancer.  

More than 40 children enjoyed watching the films.